Mount Pleasant South Carolina Criminal Defense Blog

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.

South Carolina couple facing drug charges after traffic stop

Police in South Carolina say that a gift card concealed in a woman's brassiere led to the discovery of 14 grams of methamphetamine during a routine traffic stop in the early morning hours of Dec. 13. A 35-year-old woman and a 45-year-old man were taken into custody in connection with the drugs. The two Lancaster County residents were both transported to the York County Detention Center according to media reports. The man is charged with trafficking methamphetamine and is being held on a $40,000 bond. The woman faces methamphetamine possession and trafficking charges and is being held on a $65,000 bond.

According to a Rock Hill Police Department report, the couple's minivan was pulled over for having a broken taillight on Celanese Road at approximately 3:20 a.m. Officers say that their suspicions were aroused when a records check revealed that the license plates on the minivan did not match the vehicle. The woman is said to have admitted to officers that she was aware of this and was driving without valid insurance.

Best ways to power through ‘data breach fatigue’

Amid all the bad news about data breaches and identity theft, it’s easy to feel “data breach fatigue.” Advice on how to protect your information and how to be wary of any changes in your credit has left many glassy-eyed and slack-jawed with over-information.

But that doesn’t diminish the importance of the advice given by the experts. That’s why – especially during and after the holiday shopping season – it’s important to power through the fatigue and revisit the vigilance factors needed to protect your identity.

Growing population of felons prompts criminal justice reforms

People in South Carolina and elsewhere face lifelong consequences when authorities convict them of felonies. Even if their sentences apply probation instead of prison time, the people experience ongoing problems with obtaining work and housing. In some states, felony records cling to 10 to 15 percent of the adult population. This burgeoning felon population nationwide has inspired some states to look at ways of reducing felony convictions after increases over the past decades caused by the reclassification of some crimes from misdemeanors to felonies.

Some proposals recommend raising the value of stolen goods that qualify for felony theft charges to reflect inflation. Other approaches to easing the lifelong burdens placed on convicted felons concern their employment and housing opportunities. A new law in one state granted them the ability to get occupational licenses, and another reform granted landlords legal immunity if they would rent homes to convicted felons.

Undercover work leads to drug raid

South Carolina police used an informant to purchase drugs on three different occasions from the same person over 13 days in November 2018. The undercover work led to a drug bust that recovered six grams of heroin, 13 grams of cocaine and over $4,000 in cash. Authorities also found a gun at an apartment where the man was found and taken into custody.

He faces multiple charges including two counts of possession of cocaine and three counts of possession of heroin. This is the second time that he has been charged with these crimes. The man also faces a charge of having a weapon while committing a violent crime. In addition to that raid, authorities initiated another one on Nov. 14 in Atlantic Beach that resulted in multiple people being taken into custody. During that raid, authorities found marijuana, gold and $7,500 in cash.

Police error leads to man being taken into custody

South Carolina police took a man into custody after going to the wrong mobile home while responding to a domestic violence call. The 29-year-old had already been facing gun charges when he was found in a bathtub at the residence in Hidden Creek Mobile Park. During a search of the property, authorities found more than 1,000 grams of methamphetamine that had been placed inside of 19 baggies.

An attorney for the man said that he was only a guest at the residence, but this was refuted by paperwork found in a bedroom at the location. The U.S. Attorney's Office said that because of the man's previous charges, he was likely going to prison for the rest of his life. Those prior charges included possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, cocaine base and marijuana. The case was prosecuted under a partnership called Project CeaseFire and Project Safe Neighborhoods.

TV program prevents four alleged deep web homicide plots

The deep web is sometimes known as the regular internet’s evil twin. That’s because the deep web—the internet content that is not available to search engines and must be accessed with special software—can be a hotbed of crime.

That’s what a television news program discovered when researching the dark web for a broadcast. The TV show’s investigators had no idea that their investigative legwork would uncover four alleged murder-for-hire plots. Their discoveries show that the crimes that occur on the deep web are not always as anonymous as users may think.

Jury returns unanimous verdict in drug trial

Two men face possible life sentences after a South Carolina jury unanimously found them guilty of conspiring to distribute significant quantities of cocaine between January and November 2017 in the Myrtle Beach area. They were taken into custody shortly after North Myrtle Beach Police Department officers and federal agents discovered drugs and about $143,000 in cash in their hotel room.

Prosecutors say that the two men ran their drug operation from a luxury hotel room in North Myrtle Beach. According to court documents, cocaine worth more than $1,500,000 was distributed in the area after being stored in homes located in affluent suburban neighborhoods. The men are said to have used vehicles disguised as work trucks to move the drugs from place to place without arousing suspicion. Police say that the organization's unremarkable single-family homes contained armed criminals guarding drugs and drug money and their vehicles were driven by equally dangerous individuals.

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