Horry County drug bust; amount and types of drugs shocks neighbors

One-and-half kilograms of powder heroin with an estimated street value of $2.2 million dollars

Millions of dollars in drugs have been seized from a home in Horry County. It's all part of a year long investigation into a trafficking ring that police say brought some pretty hardcore drugs, like black tar heroin, into the county.

Details are still limited, as the Horry County Police Department along with the DEA continue to investigate. But one thing is certain, neighbors in the Arrowhead subdivision where the bust happened are shocked - not only that drugs were in their community, but more so at the amount and types of drugs.

Police say they seized eight kilograms of black tar heroin with an estimated street value of $10 million, one-and-half kilograms of powder heroin with an estimated street value of $2.2 million dollars, and a quarter kilogram of cocaine with an estimated street value of $20,200.

All together, police seized more than $12 million in heroin alone. They say it's the single biggest heroin bust on record in Horry County.

"It's kind of shocking," said David Baxley, a homeowner in Arrowhead. "I didn't think anything like that would happen in this community."

"That kind of money for heroin just blows me away," said Lisa Stall, another Arrowhead resident.

Joe Schubert, who lives in Arrowhead with his wife and kids said, "It's hard to believe that in my neighborhood where I live, that my kids are in a neighborhood where drugs are being sold."

The fact that it's not just any drug, but millions of dollars in heroin adds to the concern of neighbors.

"(Heroin) is more hardcore, and that is an extra worry," said Rick Peterson, who lives in Arrowhead with his wife and infant son. "Certainly we can't pretend that this doesn't exist in society, and it is the way it is, and it's going to be everywhere. So, that fact that it's here is just - nobody wants it in their own backyard."

Some residents say that the nature of the neighborhood in some parts of the Arrowhead subdivision might allow for a drug ring to exist.

Lisa Stall pointed out that in Arrowhead, "The turnover is greater. You see people moving in, staying four months and then moving on. We have college kids from Coastal Carolina (University) - they stay for a semester and then they move. So, you don't really get to know who's living beside you."

Police say their year long investigation into the drug ring has yielded no arrests, at least not yet. But they expect to make arrests soon.

"Things like this do take time," admitted Sgt. Robert Kegler with the Horry County Police Department. "Most often you hear about eight month investigations, six month investigations, year long investigations - when it comes to working narcotics, it does take time to get the things you need in order to make a decent charge."

Residents in Arrowhead say their Homeowners Association has stepped up security since the August 2nd drug bust.