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.

When officers asked the woman to remove a gift card from her brassiere, they say that they noticed another item that was subsequently identified as a hypodermic needle with traces of methamphetamine on it. A more rigorous search of the minivan was then conducted, and the methamphetamine was allegedly discovered between the vehicle's rear seats. Police say that they also recovered a pair of digital scales.

Police officers often file serious drug charges against individuals when small amounts of illegal narcotics are discovered to give prosecutors a better position from which to start plea negotiations. Experienced criminal defense attorneys may advise their clients to not be overly concerned about initial charges, and they could also advise them to make no confessions or admissions to police officers without first speaking with a lawyer.

Source: The Herald, Gift card sticking out of bra leads to Rock Hill drug charges, police say, Andrew Dys, Dec. 14, 2018

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