Methamphetamine and Marijuana Near LDHS

Multiple drug offenses from last summer were alleged with a Laurens County Sheriff’s Office arrest Friday. 35-year-old Joseph Bernard Harris of 219 Independence Avenue, Laurens was charged with 2nd Offense, Distribution of Methamphetamine and with 2nd Offense, Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Distribute and with two counts of drug possession within Proximity of a School and with Unlawful Carrying of a Pistol.

Sheriff’s Captain Robert Wilkie states that on August 21st of 2020 Harris had in his possession a quantity of methamphetamine, in excess of one gram, while having prior convictions for similar offenses involving meth. Harris also allegedly had a quantity of marijuana that was packaged for distribution, with Captain Wilkie noting a prior conviction of a similar offense involving marijuana. He is also charged with having in excess of one gram of meth and possession of marijuana packaged for distribution while he was parked at a gas station within a half mile radius of Laurens District 55 High School on August 21st. Harris was further charged with unlawfully having a handgun in his vehicle.

Cash or surety bonds were set during arraignment including $75,000 on the 2nd offense Meth Distribution warrant. Joseph Bernard Harris remained in the Johnson Detention Center this morning with bonds totaling $137,000.