Several South Carolina police agencies conducted a large drug raid on June 14 at a home in Conway. Police said that the raid came following complaints about drug activity taking place near the home. During the raid, police say that they found 101 Oxycodone pills and 3/4 of a pound of marijuana as well as $13,580 in cash. Police claim that the drugs were worth around $7,500 in street transactions.
Police detained six individuals on charges of making and distributing drugs in the Charlotte and Rockhill areas. Approximately a dozen federal agents from the FBI and DEA conducted the raids. One of the homes was declared "unsafe for living" because chemicals used for making drugs were allegedly found within the home.
Police in South Carolina have reported that a 33-year-old man and 32-year-old woman were taken into custody on drug trafficking charges following a traffic stop in Kershaw County. Deputies from the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office say that they discovered more than two pounds of methamphetamine, an ounce of marijuana and $7,159 in cash in the trunk of a Mercedes-Benz sedan being used by the pair.
South Carolina authorities took a man into custody after conducting a routine traffic stop in Summerville on May 22. The man was reportedly driving a 2000 Dodge Neon when he was pulled over for what was called an "equipment violation."
Police in South Carolina have reported that a 22-year-old man accused of fleeing a check point during the early morning hours of April 28 has been charged with possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute. A background check is said to have revealed that the man has a raft of prior criminal convictions on charges including gun possession and breaking into vehicles.
A traffic stop in South Carolina led to two men being taken into custody and charged with multiple offenses. The stop was made at about 2 a.m. on April 23 in Kershaw County. After officers made contact with the 36-year-old driver of a Chevy Equinox, it was determined that he was driving on a suspended license. An officer also noted that there was a gun in the vehicle.
A South Carolina man is facing drug charges after the Jasper County Sheriff's Office raided his home on April 12. The 47-year-old man was taken into custody after allegedly attempting to run away from his Ridgeland home on Orange Grove Road after the sheriffs appeared with a search warrant. Several police agencies were involved in the raid, including the Bluffton Police Department and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, in addition to the sheriff's deputies.
Police in South Carolina have reported that an undercover operation conducted in Columbia's Millwood Avenue corridor on April 11 led to the seizure of more than $13,000 in currency, almost a pound of marijuana and about one gram of crack cocaine. Two men were also taken into custody during the covert investigation, which was carried out by members of the Columbia Police Department's Organized Crime and Narcotics Unit.
South Carolina closed seven prisons between 2003 and 2016 as its inmate population dropped, but the number of inmates aged 55 years of age or older grew from just 833 to 2,294 during the same period. The swelling senior citizen prison population has raised concerns in Columbia, and lawmakers from both sides of the political aisle have proposed changes that would allow inmates who are 60 years old or older to petition for parole after serving at least half of their sentences. Supporters of the bill say that older inmates have extremely low recidivism rates and are very expensive to incarcerate.
On March 26, authorities in Sumter County attempted to pull over a Nissan registered to a man who had an outstanding warrant. However, as authorities tried to stop the 32-year-old's vehicle, the vehicle made its way to Woodlawn Avenue where it was involved in an accident. The man then reportedly fled his vehicle and hid in the attic of a home that he lived in.