Two arrested in Okatie on drug charges

emoody@beaufortgazette.comMay 18, 2013 

A small amount of methamphetamine, supplies to make more and evidence of previous manufacturing of the drug were found in an Okatie home by the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office on Friday night.

King Earl Morris, 36, and Amy Louise Doty, 27, were arrested and charged with manufacturing and possession of methamphetamine, disposal of methamphetamine waste and simple possession of marijuana, according to the sheriff's office. They arebeing held at the Beaufort County Detention Center on $70,620 and $620 bonds, respectively, according to the jail log.

According to the Sheriff's Office, investigators learned Morris and his associates were purchasing materials needed to manufacture meth.

"It's safe to say we've been receiving information for the past several months and there has been an ongoing investigation since then," Capt. Bob Bromage said Saturday.

A search warrant was obtained for Morris' Fox Island Lane home and executed about 7 a.m. Friday, a sheriff's office news release said. Doty was found there and detained, and Morris was stopped in a vehicle leaving the residence, the release said.

Less than a gram of meth was discovered and seized, along with items used in the production of meth. Waste from the manufacturing process was also discovered.

Five grams of marijuana, two shotguns and ammunition were also seized.

The investigation is ongoing and additional suspects may be charged, according to the sheriff's office.

Follow reporter Erin Moody at twitter.com/IPBG_Erin.

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