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Sweep leads to eight people arrested for drug offenses

Police in South Carolina started cracking down on drugs. In fact, they recently made some arrests as part of a drug investigation. The suspects - eight in all - face various firearm and drug charges.

The first search warrant resulted in seven arrests. Police found nearly four grams of cocaine in the home, as well as drug paraphernalia and a firearm. Because nobody would admit to owning the items, police arrested all seven people in the home at the same time. The suspects - ranging in age from 17 to 39 - face cocaine and firearm possession charges.

Another search warrant was executed at an apartment that same day. There, police found nearly 13 grams of cocaine as well as scales and packaging materials. A 21-year-old man was arrested and charged with various firearm and drug offenses. All the individuals who were arrested are currently housed at the Charleston County Detention Center.

Although it is not illegal for most Americans to own a forearm, there are specific instances in which owning one is considered against federal law. For example, a person cannot have a gun if he or she has a criminal record for a crime that was punishable by more than one year in prison. A person also cannot have a gun if he or she has been convicted of domestic violence. In addition, state laws vary, allowing some residents to have more freedom than others.

In South Carolina, those convicted of violent crimes, those who are under the age of 21 or considered mentally incompetent cannot own a pistol. Those who are convicted of firearm offenses need a strong defense in order to avoid serious consequences.

Source: Live5News.com, "Cops: 8 arrested in N. Charleston drug sweep," Philip Weiss, March 27, 2013

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