4 Arrested in Connection with North Augusta Counterfeiting Group
NORTH AUGUSTA, SC - Early Wednesday morning, shortly after 6am, Public Safety’s SWAT Team executed a search warrant on the residence located at 1534 Elizabeth Street in North Augusta. Public Safety has been involved in a two month joint investigation with ATF, US Secret Service and the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office surrounding suspicions of illegal drug and counterfeiting activity connected to the residence. This morning’s event located and identified four individuals from North Augusta inside the residence, 1) homeowner, 29-year old Barry Smith Jr., 2) 31-year old Christopher Garnett, 3) 26-year old Randall Anderson and 4) 22-year old Nicholas Stewart.
Barry Smith Jr. has been charged with Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of a Controlled Substance and has numerous federal charges pending in connection with counterfeiting.
The remaining individuals have all been charged separately with Possession of Methamphetamine and multiple federal counterfeiting charges.
No one else was in the house at the time of the event this morning. Law Enforcement continues to work with the entire pool of collected information and collected evidence to determine the full extent of the counterfeiting operation. As of this moment, the four in custody are the only known involved.
Law Enforcement seized Methamphetamine, Marijuana, US currency, Counterfeit money, credit cards and US Treasury Checks as well as the equipment needed to illegally manufacture the counterfeit items.
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