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An informant bought drugs 3 times in North Myrtle Beach, cops say. Then police moved in

Consequences for drug-related arrests in South Carolina

Dozens of people are charged with drug-related charges each month in Horry County. Here are the consequences if you are caught with drugs in South Carolina.
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Dozens of people are charged with drug-related charges each month in Horry County. Here are the consequences if you are caught with drugs in South Carolina.

North Myrtle Beach police made a drug bust Tuesday after 13 days of undercover work with an informant, a report said. The department seized more than 13 grams of cocaine, about six grams of heroin, a handgun and more than $4,300.

Detectives used an audio-wired confidential informant about three times to purchase heroin from Aaron Rivera throughout November, the report said. Rivera is charged with two counts of possession of cocaine, second offense; three counts of possession of heroin, second offense; and possession of a weapon during a violent crime, online records show.

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Aaron Donovan Rivera is charged with two counts of possession of cocaine, second offense; three counts of possession of heroin, second offense; and possession of a weapon during a violent crime, online records show. J. Reuben Long Detention Center

After three purchases, North Myrtle detectives executed a search warrant at 409 28th Ave. S. Unit 1 with assistance from the S.C. Law Enforcement Division’s SWAT team, a report said.

Authorities searched the home and said they found drugs and a handgun. Rivera was arrested on scene.

Tuesday’s bust was the first of two drug busts this week in the North Myrtle Beach area. Nearly three pounds of marijuana, $7,500 and about 50 grams of gold were among items police seized during a raid in Atlantic Beach that netted several arrests Wednesday.

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