On April 3, York County authorities arrested three people on suspicion of dealing drugs to local college students following an undercover investigation. A fourth person was charged with possession.
South Carolina residents may have heard news about two men in North Carolina who were arrested as a result of drug raids executed on Feb. 11. The two residences targeted by the police were located in China Grove and Charlotte, N.C. Federal and local law enforcement agencies were monitoring three UPS packages being sent from California to two men in China Grove. Law enforcement claimed to have witnessed the two men pick up the packages in China Grove and deliver them to an address on West Hillside Drive.
Authorities say that six people were taken into custody after recovering marijuana and crack cocaine during a drug bust in Rembert on Dec. 5. Three male and two female suspects were charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana, possession of crack cocaine and manufacturing crack cocaine, among other charges. A 31-year-old male was facing a charge of possession of marijuana.
A former University of South Carolina Gamecocks running back was detained for impaired driving after he crashed his car in Lexington County on Nov. 4. South Carolina Highway Patrol also charged him with unlawful possession of a firearm and possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine.
Law enforcement officials detained a 43-year-old man and a 20-year-old woman on charges of drug possession after authorities executed a search warrant at a Hartsville residence on Oct. 15. Deputies from the Darlington County Sheriff's Office reportedly seized crack cocaine, marijuana, money and associated drug paraphernalia.
On Sept. 23, 34 people in South Carolina were taken into custody for their alleged involvement in illegal drug activities. Aside from the drug offenses, officers from the Union County Sheriff's Office issued charges to six individuals that included hindering, sex offender registration violations, littering and driving under suspension. The undercover investigation had been ongoing for months, and more than 50 warrants were issued in the case, according to reports.
South Carolina residents may be interested in a story regarding the legal battle that three people facing drug manufacturing charges will have to fight. The charges stem from a traffic stop that allegedly led to evidence of methamphetamine production equipment.
A traffic stop just before 5 p.m. on Aug. 13 led police to a drug bust on Cedar Grove Lane in Rock Hill. A 19-year-old man had been stopped by police on Ebenezer Road after receiving a tip from the U.S. Postal Inspector's Office that the man had received two pounds of marijuana. The man allegedly sold marijuana to police in the past and was suspected of being a dealer.
As state and federal drugs laws have become more permeable recently, South Carolina residents may benefit from learning more about possible defenses against unfounded allegations from law enforcement. Even though drug laws vary from state to state, most defense strategies rely on similar defense tactics to try to exonerate clients of the charges. People who have been accused by police of possession of drugs or intent to sell may benefit from considering some of the defense strategies that are typically used in these types of cases.
South Carolina residents may be interested to learn about drug charges that were filed against two men for allegedly smoking heroin in a Chuck E. Cheese restaurant. A customer at a Chuck E. Cheese in Costa Mesa, California reported witnessing the 27 and 28-year-old men getting high in a bathroom stall on July 8. According to police, the two men were arrested on drug charges after they were observed in the process of smoking heroin.