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South Carolina drug sting leads to four arrests

On April 3, Myrtle Beach authorities arrested four people on suspicion of participating in various illegal drug activities. According to the Horry County Police Department, members of its Street Crimes Unit received a tip regarding alleged loitering and illegal activities taking place at WoodSpring Suites. As a result of the information, officers conducted surveillance at the site and observed someone allegedly smoking marijuana and consuming alcohol.

Two other individuals sitting in a vehicle were found to have 33 grams of marijuana, Suboxone sublingual strips, ecstasy pills, a digital scale, a loaded handgun and a substantial amount of cash. The first defendant was charged with possession of a controlled substance Schedule I to V. One defendant in the car was charged with unlawful carrying of a pistol. The second defendant in the car was charged with possession with the intent to distribute and possession of other controlled substances Schedule I to V.

Death of passenger in one-car accident leads to DUI charge

As many people in South Carolina know, a conviction for driving under the influence can come with serious penalties, including fines, imprisonment and driver license suspension. If a fatal accident was the result of a DUI, the penalties grow exponentially.

A Georgia woman is likely to be charged with a felony DUI due to a fatal crash. According to reports, the woman was driving with two passengers. Her vehicle reportedly left the pavement off the right shoulder of the road. As she tried to reenter the roadway, she over-steered, crossed the pavement and struck an embankment on the left side of the road.

Former MLB All-Star sentenced on drug charges

Baseball fans in South Carolina and around the country may recall Esteban Loaiza starting the 2003 Major League Baseball All-Star game. The 47-year-old pitcher's career spanned more than a decade, but his fortunes took a turn for the worse when his minivan was pulled over for an unspecified traffic violation in February 2018.

During the routine traffic stop, San Diego County Sheriff's Department deputies say they discovered a sophisticated hidden compartment in Loaiza's vehicle. During an ensuing search of the former athlete's Imperial Beach home, Drug Enforcement Administration agents discovered 40 pounds of a substance later identified as cocaine. However, they found no personal possessions or furniture.

Rapper and self-declared scammer charged with identity theft

A Detroit rapper who rapped about his credit card fraud skills may have kept it a little too real. According to The Detroit News, Jonathan Woods, known as rapper “Selfmade Kash,” wore jewel-encrusted credit card necklaces and bragged about his alleged crimes on social media.

Authorities claim Woods started his fraud in May 2017. The court documents state he stole people’s credit cards. He also allegedly trained other people about how to commit identity theft. Federal prosecutors have charged Woods with wire fraud, aggravated identity theft and possession of unauthorized devices.

South Carolina man busted for meth trafficking

On Feb. 27, South Carolina authorities arrested a 44-year-old man on suspicion of drug trafficking. The arrest was the culmination of an investigation by the Marion County Combined Drug Unit.

According to media reports, law enforcement agents executed a search warrant at a home on Dixon Street in Mullins. While searching the property, they allegedly found undisclosed quantities of methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin and prescription pills. In addition, they also seized firearms and cash suspected of being drug profits.

Bait and switch: fake dating profiles used in extortion scheme

You have likely heard of catfishing: a term used to describe a person who creates a false online profile and then lures an individual into a relationship. Those victimized by catfishing are often hit with emotional and financial heartbreak when they learn the truth. However, catfishing techniques are being used for far more sinister purposes: to extort money from individuals using blackmail.

Day care owner charged with drug possession

On Feb. 14, the male owner of three South Carolina day care centers was arrested for alleged drug possession. He was taken into custody at around 10 p.m. at a sports bar in Greenville.

According to the Greenville City Police Department, the 36-year-old defendant was at the Coliseum Billiards and Sports Bar on Hayward Road when he allegedly caused some sort of disturbance. He then allegedly placed cocaine on top of the bar and asked a male witness if he'd like to have some. When officers arrived on the scene, they searched the defendant and reportedly found a baggie of cocaine in his clothing.

South Carolina assistant principal facing drug charges

The parents of children attending a South Carolina high school are reeling after learning that a former assistant principal has been accused of giving students drugs and inviting them to his house for sex. The 29-year-old man has been charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor, distributing cocaine and distributing marijuana. He is being held at the Richland County Detention Center according to media reports.

The man was initially taken into custody in November after Richland County Sheriff's Department deputies responding to a tip allegedly discovered marijuana, Xanax and Adderall in his home. Deputies assigned to the case say that they soon discovered that the man was abusing his position at a local high school. He is said to have encouraged students to skip classes in order to gain their trust before inviting them to his home to take drugs and engage in sexual activity. While he is not accused of having sex with a minor, he is facing delinquency charges for allegedly asking students under the age of 18 to share nude photographs of themselves.

South Carolina drug raid results in an arrest

According to law enforcement officers with the Aiken County Sheriff's Office, a 32-year-old woman is facing multiple charges following a drug raid. The incident occurred on Jan. 20 in Wagener.

The Aiken County Sheriff reports that the raid occurred because of tips that were provided by area residents. Law enforcement officers sought a search warrant and executed it after it was issued at a home. During the search, officers reportedly found crack cocaine, marijuana, controlled prescription drugs, and two handguns.

South Carolina man arrested after leading deputies on car chase

A South Carolina man was taken into custody on Jan. 3 after leading law enforcement officers on a lengthy car chase. The incident started in Anderson County when the offender, who allegedly possessed drugs, refused to pull over for a minor traffic infraction.

Local media reports indicate that the defendant, a 28-year-old Anderson resident, was driving a 2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse on White Street Extension when deputies from the Anderson County Sheriff's Office attempted to pull him over for a broken tail light. However, he refused to pull over, increased his speed and kept driving and ran a red light in an attempt to evade police. He then drove through a gas station parking lot, turned left onto Lewis Street and made a right onto South Murray Avenue.

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