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Domestic dispute leads to drug arrest

Benjamin Bryan (Source: Beaufort Co. Sheriff's Office) Benjamin Bryan (Source: Beaufort Co. Sheriff's Office)
BURTON, SC (WTOC) -

During the course of an investigation into a domestic dispute Monday, Beaufort County sheriff's deputies arrested a Burton man on multiple drug and weapon charges.

Deputies met with a 25-year-old female victim at 8:30 a.m. Monday in reference to an assault that had taken place at her home on Iron Gate Dr. earlier that morning. The victim told authorities that she and her boyfriend, Benjamin Bryan, 32, had gotten into an argument that resulted in him striking her in the face.

After the incident, the victim left the home that she and Bryan share and went to a nearby business to contact law enforcement. The victim sustained minor facial injuries not requiring medical attention. Authorities then obtained a warrant for criminal domestic violence.

Deputies were called to the Iron Gate Dr. residence just after 4 p.m. Monday when the victim requested an escort to help pick up her belongings. As deputies were securing the residence for the victim, they detected a strong odor of marijuana inside the home.

Bryan arrived at the residence while the deputies were on scene. He was then arrested on the outstanding criminal domestic violence warrant. During contact with Bryan, police found a small quantity of marijuana and recovered a handgun that had been previously reported stolen out of Charleston.

Drug Investigations Section then responded to the home and obtained a search warrant for the residence. Authorities recovered approximately three and a half pounds of marijuana, an illegal sawed-off shotgun, a small quantity of Hydrocodone tablets and US currency.

The investigation remains active and additional charges and arrests and possibly pending.

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