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West Columbia man charged in drug case

Lexington, SC 02/14/2023 – A West Columbia man faces a series of drug charges after narcotics agents said he had drugs delivered to his home last month.


Nasiyr Shem James, 28, is charged with trafficking crack, trafficking cocaine, trafficking marijuana, possession with intent to distribute fentanyl, and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime, according to arrest warrants.

“Narcotics agents received a tip from a community member that James was having drugs delivered to his home to sell them in Lexington and Richland counties,” Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon said. “They reached out to the Richland County Sheriff’s Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration to conduct a controlled delivery of a previously scheduled package of drugs to James’ home in West Columbia.”


After the package was delivered, agents obtained a search warrant to enter James’ home Jan. 31, according to Koon.

“During their search of James’ home, agents found more than 2,000 fentanyl pills, a gun and ammunition,” Koon said. “Agents seized more than $5,000 in cash from the home.”


James was arrested and transported to the Lexington County Detention Center.


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