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.
A Midlands-area business owner whom police took into custody in 2013 on drug-related charges recently received sentencing. Having entered a guilty plea in accordance with a plea deal, the man avoided some of the charges filed after law enforcement officers allegedly discovered more than 10 pounds of marijuana and other controlled substances inside his residence.
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.
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.
South Carolina law enforcement agents were among the multiple organizations that investigated and detained five people on drugs and weapons charges in April and May of this year. All five defendants could face prison time upwards of ten years to life.
Police in South Carolina are always on the search for residents who may be using or selling drugs. One of the most common ways people wind up with drug charges is through a traffic stop. In many cases, police do not have any previous suspicion of a person when they make contact and carry out an arrest. An officer may be pulling the vehicle over for a traffic violation or operating on his or her own agenda.
Police are trained to handle every routine traffic stop they make the same. When approaching the vehicle, any observations that appear to be suspicious in nature can lead an officer to dig deeper into what the occupants of the car are doing. In a recent arrest of a South Carolina man on drug charges, police claim that the entire investigation began after they stopped the man for a minor traffic violation.
Rapper Earl "DMX" Simmons was arrested in Greer, South Carolina, during a routine traffic stop. Mr. Simmons was the passenger in a Ford F-150 pickup truck driven by his assistant that was stopped for an alleged illegal lane change. Police claim to have seen marijuana in the passenger side door. As a result, the rapper could end up facing drug charges.
Drugs and other illegal substances can be found all over the world. Whether it is grown or chemically made, any type of illegal substance can present a problem, and anyone who is accused of drug allegations may find their lives turned upside down. Suddenly someone can have their reputation ruined, relationships strained or even torn apart, along with other drastic changes that rapidly shatter their whole world. Unfortunately, this scenario may have become all too real for four South Carolina residents since they all currently face drug charges.