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Calhoun County

Sheriff's Office

A man was arrested on drug charges in St. Matthews after a deputy stopped his vehicle for towing a trailer with no brake lights.

On Feb. 22, a deputy stopped a gold Hyundai Sonata with a Pennsylvania license plate towing a trailer with no brake lights near Bridge Street and Upper Muller Street. The suspect had no driver's license and the vehicle smelled of marijuana. He was detained and searched. The deputy found marijuana on his person and upon on inspecting the vehicle, he found amphetamines and drug paraphernalia.

The suspect was arrested and charges with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and simple possession of marijuana, and the vehicle was towed.

In other reports:

• On Feb, 25, a St. Matthews woman reported that someone had made unauthorized purchases with her Visa debit card totaling $102.42. She said she suspected someone, and when the suspect was confronted, he admitted the use of her card.

The suspect was charged with financial transaction card fraud. At a hearing, the suspect was placed on a $500 bond and was ordered to have no contact with the victim.

• On March 1, a deputy stopped a Chevrolet Suburban with an obstructed license plate. The driver, a St. Matthews man, misidentified himself to the deputy, and after a license check, he was told he was being arrested and finally identified himself correctly.

The suspect was charged with driving under suspension – third offense and giving false information to police. He was transported to the Orangeburg County Detention Center.

• On March 4, an Alabama woman reported that her black 2012 Nissan Versa had been taken from her St. Matthews residence by another woman and driven back to Alabama. When contacted by the victim, the suspect refused to return the vehicle, according to the report. The $2,500 vehicle will be listed as stolen.

• On March 5, a St. Matthews man reported the theft of a 6x8 utility trailer, a John Deere zero-turn mower, a Stanley wood chipper, a pressure washer and two chainsaws. A chain securing the mower had been cut. The stolen items were valued at $16,532.99.

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