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Armed suspect arrested in Hallsboro

Revised on: 08.7.2018 at 02:03 p.m.

Posted on: 08.7.2018 at 02:02 p.m.


An alleged drug dealer was waiting for deputies with a firearm in his hands when he was arrested early Tuesday.

Stevan Trent “Boonie” Boone, 34, was the subject of a child abuse investigation as well as ongoing complaints from Hallsboro residents regarding suspicious activities in the area, Sheriff Lewis Hatcher said.  Boone was the target of a long-term drug investigation by the Columbus County Vice-Narcotics Unit before allegations that he had injured a toddler.

On July 27, according to the Sheriff’s Office, a three-year-old in Boone’s care was taken to Columbus Regional with bruises and lacerations over much of the child’s body. The Criminal Investigation Division investigated the case.

Vice-Narcotics officers and the county SWAT team raided Boone’s home early today (Tuesday), and as they breached the door, Boone met the officers with a gun. He was disarmed and no officers were injured.

Inside the Valley Lane home, officers found cocaine, marijuana, Xanax, Oxycodone, and stolen firearms, Hatcher said.

The suspect was on probation for previous drug charges, Hatcher said, and additional charges are pending.

Boone’s Valley Lane home was the subject of multiple complaints by citizens, Hatcher said.

The defendant is being held under a $140,000 bond, charged with maintaining a dwelling for drug activities, possession of a stolen firearm, possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver cocaine, marijuana, opiates, and prescription pills, and felony child abuse, inflicting serious injury.

See Friday’s News Reporter for more on this developing story.

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