An Orangeburg man is in custody after officers allegedly found 141 grams of crack cocaine in a diaper bag.
Robert Lennell Hayward, 40, of 3067 Neeses Highway, is charged with trafficking in cocaine, more than 100 grams but less than 200 grams.
He was taken into custody just before 1 a.m. Friday after deputies reported seeing a Chrysler 300 going 60 mph in a 45 mph zone on Neeses Highway near Slab Landing Road.
A deputy wrote in an incident report, “I found Hayward’s demeanor to show extreme nervousness and he began to record me with his phone.”
The deputy noted that he told Hayward he was welcome to record him as he interviewed him outside of his vehicle.
The deputy reported there was a smell of marijuana coming from the inside of the vehicle, but Hayward said no one had recently smoked marijuana recently inside of it, the report said.
Hayward told deputies he was heading home from Atlanta with his girlfriend and infant son. He told deputies he’d driven them to Atlanta to calm their son down because he was fussy.
An investigator separately interviewed the woman who said that they’d left her house in Orangeburg and drove to Interstate 20 and then a Dollar General, the report said.
She then told deputies that they went to Hayward’s godfather’s house to see his godson, the report said.
A deputy said she also acted nervous.
Drug K-9 Duke sniffed the exterior of the vehicle and allegedly detected the odor of narcotics, the report states.
“I explained to the female that the dog had detected narcotics and that she should think about her son. I asked her to tell me the truth about where they had been and what they had done,” a deputy wrote in his report.
“The female told me the story about driving to Atlanta to settle down the child and I told her I didn’t believe her story. She dropped her head and proceed to tell (that) Hayward drove to a guy named ‘Dreads’ house in Atlanta and picked up what she believed were drugs,” the report states.
A deputy asked her what Hayward allegedly did with the drugs.
She said that he put them in their son’s diaper bag, the report said.
“I asked her how often did they make this same trip and she replied ‘about every other month,’” the report states.
Two investigators located the diaper bag and a plastic bag inside of it which contained a “quantity of rock-like substance consistent with crack cocaine,” the report states.
A wrecker towed Hayward’s vehicle to the sheriff’s office impound lot.
A deputy provided the woman and the infant with a ride to a gas station on Shillings Bridge Road where a family member picked them up.
Orangeburg County Magistrate Peggy Doremus set Hayward’s bond at $175,000 cash or surety. He remains at the Orangeburg County Detention Center.
If Hayward is convicted, he faces a mandatory term of 25 years in prison and a $50,000 fine. State law stipulates that the prison term may not be suspended nor probation granted.
Hayward also has a pending charge of first-offense possession of less than one gram of methamphetamine or cocaine base by the Holly Hill Police Department. He received that charge on Aug. 10.
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