UNION COUNTY — Information gathered by the Union County Sheriff’s Office lead to the arrest of two men and the seizure of approximately $80,000 worth of methamphetamine and marijuana they were allegedly bringing into Union County Thursday morning.
In a statement released Friday, Union County Sheriff David Taylor announced the arrests of Tallie DeWayne Avinger, 46, 2581 Whitmire Highway, Kinards, SC, and Terrell DeWayne Moore, 44, 540 Oglethorpe Avenue, Athens, Ga.
Taylor stated that the arrests resulted from information narcotics agents of his office had received about a large amount of illegal drugs being transported out of Georgia on I-85 into Anderson County and then on to its final destination in Union County. He stated that the agents with his office reached out to ICE agents and the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office for help in intercepting the suspect vehicle on or near I-85 in the Greenville area.
Taylor stated that the vehicle was subsequently spotted on I-85 in Greenville County and stopped. He stated that the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit was then called to the scene. Taylor stated that the K-9 alerted on the vehicle which was then searched. He stated that the ensuing search of the vehicle turned up nearly one pound of crystal methamphetamine and 9.1 grams of a green plant material believed to be marijuana.
As a result, Taylor stated that Avinger and Moore have been charged with trafficking crystal methamphetamine and possession of marijuana. In addition to the drug charges filed against them in South Carolina, Taylor stated Georgia has filed a violation of probation charge against Moore.
Taylor stated that the drugs seized have a street value of nearly $80,000. He stated that they were being taken to the Carlisle area and the rest of the southern part of Union County for distribution.
Taylor thanked the ICE agents and the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office for their quick response to his office’s request for assistance in intercepting the drugs before they could reach Union County. He added that he believed Avinger and Moore’s case will be tried in federal court.
“These two guys are some of the bigger dealers that have been selling drugs in our county,” Taylor said. “We feel like this case will be adopted by the federal courts because of their (Avinger and Moore’s ) prior criminal record. Tallie DeWayne Avinger was out on bond at the time of this arrest.”