The Summerville Police Department is fortunate to have Narcotics Officers
the Dorchester County / Summerville Metro Narcotics Unit and the
Charleston South Carolina Drug Enforcement Task Force (DEA Task Force). Having
officers assigned to both increases the amount of officers and resources in the Town of
Summerville dramatically without having any additional costs to the taxpayers. This also
makes available to the Town of Summerville a Metro Narcotic's Detective and a DEA
Task Force Officer that will respond for any narcotics investigations or arrests.
Officers assigned to the Dorchester County / Summerville
Metro Narcotics Unit aggressively investigate
all aspects of the
illegal importation, distribution and use of illegal
narcotics, Officers conduct surveillance, controlled
purchases, controlled deliveries, directed patrol,
write arrest warrants, search warrants and execute them in
the County of Dorchester and the Town of Summerville.
The DEA Task Force is comprised of DEA Special Agents and officers from the
Summerville Police Department, Charleston County Sheriff 's Office, North Charleston
Police Department, Charleston City Police Department and the Mount Pleasant Police
Department. (The local officers are deputized as Task Force Officers) Task Force
Officers and Special Agents are responsible for identifying, investigating and prosecuting
persons who violate both State and Federal drug laws. Officers respond to all major drug
and money seizures in the Tri-County area and all clandestine laboratories.
Task Force Officers and Special Agents investigate the origin of the seized money and
determine if it is illegal proceeds of narcotic activity. Once it is determined that the
money is illegal proceeds, the money is forfeited and distributed back to the seizing
agencies involved. This money is used to conduct further narcotic investigations,
purchase equipment and train officers with the newest investigative techniques available.
Officers also respond to all suspected clandestine laboratories reported, located or seized
in the Tri-County area. Officers are specially trained to conduct high risk search warrants
into these locations. Once inside, officers render safe these laboratories and dismantle
them. Officers photograph, identify and core sample all items located for future analysis