FORT MILL — Stolen guns and more than 100 pills of synthetic heroin were seized from a Fort Mill home and towing company after investigators received complaints that the business owner was stealing valuables from cars he towed, authorities say.
Business owner Kenneth Dover, 50, and an employee, Robert Laney, 55, of Indian Land, were arrested on several drug charges. They were being held Wednesday at the York County Detention Center, Dover without bond and Laney on a $6,500 bond.
At about 1 p.m. Tuesday, investigators with the York County Sheriffs Office, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the county Multijurisdictional Drug Enforcement Unit raided Dovers Wrecker Service on Old Nation Road, said Marvin Brown, commander of the drug unit.
They also raided Dovers home next door to the wrecking service after receiving complaints from customers that items were missing from after Dovers had towed their cars.
Police also received tips that Dover was involved in drug activity, Brown said, and officers had purchased drugs from him during undercover operations. Officials have no indication that Dover might have used wrecker trucks to transport drugs.
During the raid, investigators found 117 pills of Opana a pain medication that Brown said acts as synthetic heroin 76 hydrocodone pills, 140 muscle relaxers and a small amount of cocaine, along with scales and baggies that contained drug residue.
The estimated street value for the Opana, Brown said, is about $1,170. Hydrocodone sells for about $5 per pill.
Police found 25 long guns and 12 handguns, three of which were stolen, Brown said. Two guns were found in the business, the rest in Dovers home.
The guns, Brown said, were of good quality and likely would sell for their market value.
Dovers Wrecking Service was last licensed to do business in Fort Mill in 2011, said Kimberly Starnes, town spokeswoman. The business address at the time was on Williams Road.
Businesses found operating without a license can face fines up to $1,000, she said. The town did not fine Dover when he operated the business on Williams Road. The Old Nation Road location is outside town limits.
Dover has a prior conviction for housebreaking and is forbidden by law from owning guns, Brown said. He faces more than 10 charges, including three counts of possessing a stolen pistol, possession of cocaine, receiving stolen goods and trafficking heroin.
Records with the State Law Enforcement Division show that Dover pleaded guilty to housebreaking and destruction of property in 1980. He was sentenced to one year of probation.
Police charged Laney with possession of cocaine and possession of Schedule IV drugs with the intent to distribute.
Laney was sentenced to two years of probation in 1978 after pleading guilty to housebreaking and grand larceny. In 1980, he was convicted again of housebreaking and larceny and sentenced to three years in prison. He was paroled in 1981, records show.