Two Charged Following Lancaster County Drug Investigation

LANCASTER, S.C. — Two people are facing drug and gun charges following an investigation in Lancaster County, South Carolina.

The Lancaster County Sheriff’s office on February 25th, 2019, Drug Task Force Officers learned that 30-year-old Rachell Nichole House and 28-year-old Ted Williams Long Jr. had rented a room at the Super 8 Motel in Lancaster.

Investigators observed House leave the motel in a 2000 Toyota Camry with Long in the passenger’s seat.  House was stopped for a suspended license and agents saw a pistol holster in the front passenger door pocket and Ruger .380 pistol between the seat and the door.

The suspects were removed from the car and a search of the vehicle produced approximately 280 grams of suspected Methamphetamine, six Ecstasy pills, eight Clonazepam pills, and eight grams of Marijuana. Four digital
scales were also found.  House also had $1,600 in her purse and Long had $1,306 in his pocket, which was seized.

House and Long were each charged with Trafficking Methamphetamine 200-400 Grams, Possession with Intent to Distribute Schedule I Ecstasy, Possession with Intent to Distribute Schedule IV Clonazepam, and Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana.

Long was also charged with Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Violent Crime and House was charged with being a Habitual Traffic Offender.  They were both denied bond.

“Our agents did an excellent job of quickly gathering and acting on information last Monday, and we took a substantial quantity of Methamphetamine off the street before it was circulated in our community,” said Sheriff Barry Faile. “This case is a classic example of how the drug business works and illustrates how multiple drugs,
paraphernalia, guns, and cash are often found simultaneously.”