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Friday, July 22, 2011

COLUMBIA, SC - Columbia Police Chief Randy Scott announces that a CrimeStoppers tip has led to the seizure of drugs, weapons and cash from a home in downtown.

Members of the Drug Suppression Team (DST) received that tip and executed a search warrant at a residence located at 219 South Bull Street tonight.

They also arrested 20-year-old Roland Julius Maurer and have charged him with Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana. Additional charges are pending.

Maurer is accused of having marijuana, hashish and drug paraphernalia inside the residence. According to a field test, Maurer possessed approximately 3 pounds of marijuana and a small quantity of hashish.

DST officers also seized weapons and more than $16,000 in cash. The money was located inside of a safe.

Maurer has been transported to the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center.

DST is also searching for William Newell and Justin Owings in connection with the investigation.

All persons charged are presumed innocent until proven guilty in court.

Chief Scott encourages citizens with information about crime to call, text or submit online, their anonymous tip to Crimestoppers.

If you, or someone you know, have any information regarding any crime, you are encouraged to contact Crimestoppers. You could earn a reward up to $1,000.

Anonymous tips can be submitted to Crimestoppers by calling 1-888-CRIME-SC.

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