St. Helena man, woman arrested on crack cocaine trafficking charges

loberle@beaufortgazette.comApril 16, 2014 

A three-month drug investigation by the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office lead to the arrest of a man and woman selling cocaine and crack cocaine from a St. Helena Island residence known as "Blue House," according to Beaufort County Sheriff's Office reports.

Benjamin Seabrook III, 29, and Iiesha Brown, 17, were arrested April 3 and charged with the sale and distribution of crack cocaine after deputies made multiple controlled purchases from them at 8 Butlers Court on St. Helena Island, the report said.

Seabrook and Brown both remain in the Beaufort County Detention Center, with bail set at $147,372.50 and $15,000, respectively.

The investigation began in February when the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office Drug Investigation Section learned Seabrook sold and distributed illegal drugs from the Blue House, the report said. The office received two other reports that the Blue House was known as a drug hub where Seabrook sold cocaine and crack, the report said.

On March 18, an undercover officer purchased 1.3 grams of crack for $100 from Seabrook, at the Blue House. On March 26, the officer called Seabrook to arrange to purchase more crack, the report said.

Returning to the Blue House, the officer saw Seabrook outside with another man and a woman, identified as Brown. Brown entered the officer's vehicle and exchanged 0.6 grams of crack cocaine for $100. The officer had also purchased crack from Brown on March 13, the report said.

On April 3, Sheriff's Office drug investigators searched the house. Seabrook and Brown were both present and arrested. Less than a gram of powder cocaine and crack cocaine was seized, as well as a handgun, 28 rounds of ammunition, $414 cash, and drug paraphernalia, the report said.

Seabrook and Brown have a May 30 court date.

Attempts to reach Sheriff's Office spokesperson Sgt. Robin McIntosh were unsuccessful Wednesday.

Follow reporter Laura Oberle at twitter.com/IPBG_Laura.

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