- Associated Press - Thursday, June 9, 2016

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Charleston police say nine people have been arrested and about $350,000 worth of drugs and cash seized in a sweep tied to the shooting death earlier this year of a Charleston man.

Police held a news conference Wednesday where they announced the haul included 43,000 Xanax and synthetic marijuana pills, cocaine, LSD, military-style rifles and four cars.

Police Chief Greg Mullen says there has been an increase in violence in Charleston as well as in other communities and that the violence is connected to drugs and weapons.

Police would not say specifically how the arrests are connected to the shooting death of 23-year-old Patrick Moffly in March.

One man is charged with murder in the death that police say took place during a drug deal.

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