Beaufort News

More than 50 pounds of marijuana seized on Hilton Head

The Beaufort/Jasper Multi Agency Drug Task Force seized 51 pounds of marijuana and made five arrests in two separate incidents last week.

On Thursday, task force investigators, along with local FBI and S.C. Law Enforcement Division agents, accused a Hilton Head man and two others of shipping marijuana to the island from California, according to a Beaufort County Sheriff's Office news release Monday.

Authorities searched John David Allen's residence on Lancaster Place and found marijuana, hashish, prescription drugs, firearms and drug paraphernalia, the release said.

Timothy Lewis and Barbara Alfonzo were also charged with bringing the marijuana into Beaufort County. They were at a Hilton Head hotel, where "more evidence was found in connection with this investigation," the release said.

Allen, 51, was charged with trafficking marijuana, possession with intent to distribute hashish, possession of a schedule-IV drug and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime.

Lewis, 33, of Massachusetts, and Alfonzo, 29, of Miami, were each charged with trafficking marijuana and possession with intent to distribute hashish.

Allen, Alfonzo and Lewis were being held Monday at the county Detention Center. Bond for Allen was set at $1 million. Bond for Alfonzo was set at $500,620, and bond for Lewis was set at $500,000, according to the jail log.

About 50 pounds of marijuana was seized.

In another marijuana case, task force investigators arrested a man and woman Wednesday on Hilton Head Island, according to a news release.

Investigators received information that a 23-year-old Hilton Head man was trying to receive marijuana shipped through the U.S. Postal Service. An investigation revealed that a package was delivered to his friend, a 22-year-old woman who lives on Hilton Head's Paddle Boat Lane.

Investigators conducted a traffic stop on the woman and found about a pound of marijuana in the vehicle. Investigators determined her friend had made arrangements to have the marijuana sent to her residence where he would retrieve it.