A Walterboro man was arrested for multiple drug charges, a weapon violation and driving under suspension after a disturbance at a residence.
Around 10:13 a.m. on April 2, a Bamberg city officer was dispatched in reference to an unknown black male banging on the door of a residence. The resident had previously that she keeps receiving phone calls about her son’s drug debt. While the officer was en route, dispatch informed the officer that the subject was leaving the porch, wearing a blue hoodie and getting into a burgundy car.
When the officer saw the vehicle, he attempted to make a traffic stop. The subject crossed Highway 301 and then turned sharply behind a house. When the officer reached the rear of the house, he observed the driver of the vehicle walking up the steps to a door at the side of the residence. The door was closed and the subject was unable to enter the house.
The officer approached the subject and asked him for his driver’s license. The subject stated that it was inside the house, and he kept attempting to enter the house. The officer then detained the subject on the porch and smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from his person. When the officer asked the subject where the marijuana was, the subject initially stated that he did not have any. He then admitted to having some in his front pocket which the officer retrieved.
The officer then frisked the subject and found a pistol in his left jacket pocket. When the officer asked the subject the suspect why he was at the residence the officer had been dispatched to, the suspect responded that a resident there owed him some money.
A sheriff’s deputy arrived on scene to assist, and the officer placed the subject in the rear of his patrol car because the subject kept trying to go to the door of the residence. Upon investigation, the officer discovered the subject was prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition and his driver’s license had been suspended. Dispatch then advised the officer that the subject had warrants against him from the Walterboro police department.
While the officer conducted a search of the subject’s vehicle, he observed a clear plastic bag containing a white rock-like substance, two digital scales, multiple zip-lock bags and the subject’s ID card.
The officer then transported the subject to Bamberg County Detention Center without incident. Upon arrival at the jail, a searching jailer found a clear plastic bag containing 3.6 grams of a white powdery substance believed to be cocaine.
The assisting officer had remained at the scene and stood by the vehicle while waiting on a tow truck. When the first officer returned to the scene, an unknown black male approached him wanting to pay the tow truck driver to prevent the vehicle from being towed. The unknown subject told the officer that he had loaned the subject a set of speakers and he wanted to retrieve them.
The vehicle was towed to the police department, and a searched warrant for the vehicle was obtained due to a strong odor of marijuana still coming from the vehicle and the suspicious activity of the unknown male who wanted to pay the tow truck driver.
The officer obtained warrants on the suspect for simple possession of marijuana, possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine, possession with intent to distribute cocaine, unlawful carrying of a pistol, possession of a weapon by a prohibited person and second-offense driving under suspension. The warrants were served on the suspect on April 4.
The officer who served the warrant also contacted the Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office to get the assistance of a narcotics K-9 to help search the vehicle since none were available in Bamberg County.
In other reports:
• On April 3, an officer was dispatched to a residence in reference to a subject refusing to leave a residence. While en route, the officer was advised that if the subject was who the caller stated, he was wanted on warrants from the Bamberg County Sheriff’s office and S.C. Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services. The officer was also advised that the subject had violent tendencies. The officer asked dispatch to send additional units to the location.
Upon arrival, the officer and a second officer approached the door of the residence while another officer secured the rear of the residence, and that officer advised that there was a broken window on his side of the house. The officers at the front of the residence repeatedly knocked on the front door with no response. Later, a female who identified herself as a victim appeared through a second-story window. She told the officers that the subject was inside the house. Dispatch stated that they had tried calling the number back but did not get an answer and that the subject may have been preventing the female from answering the door.
Believing that the victim was being prevented from opening the door, the officers forced entry into the residence in search of the subject. The victim appeared at the top of the stairs and pointed to a bedroom. The officers located the subject hiding under a bed and took him into custody. Active warrants were confirmed, and the subject was transported the detention center by one of the assisting officers. The victim said that the subject had broken a window the previous evening to gain entry into the residence and had refused to leave that morning when asked.
The subject was charged with malicious injury to real property and trespass of real property.