South Carolina has vigorously promoted a zero-tolerance approach to DUI, and while everyone has a shared interest in roadway safety, there are legal issues to consider when police agencies ramp up their law enforcement efforts. Initially, it must be recognized that for most drivers, it is not illegal to drive with any measurable amount of alcohol in their system but only if their blood alcohol content is greater than 0.08. Often, a more salient legal issue is the manner in which the police stop the suspected drunk driver and the justification for it.
A 31-year-old man has been sentenced to 22 years in prison by a federal court in South Carolina on drug-related charges. He will then have five years of supervised release. The federal system does not allow for parole. The man also agreed to forfeiture of several pieces of property, including jewelry, two vehicles and $500,000.
A drug bust in South Carolina resulted in 152 grams of heroin being seized by authorities in Lancaster County. The heroin was valued at up to $45,000, and authorities in the area say that it was the third-largest amount seized in the county's history. Authorities were also able to seize marijuana, cash and scales during a raid of two home. The raid resulted in six people being taken into custody.
A 911 call about a man brandishing a gun at a motel in South Carolina on the night of April 29 led to the discovery and seizure of illegal drugs worth more than $55,000 according to a report from the Union County Sheriff's Office. A 26-year-old man has been detained in connection with the seized narcotics. He faces a raft of misdemeanor and felony counts including methamphetamine trafficking, possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute, unlawful possession of a handgun and public intoxication.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.