Crime Beat

  • Tuesday, May 14, 2013

 Mobile meth
On April 23, a Summerville Police Department officer on patrol, observed a tan pick-up truck fail to come to a complete stop prior to entering Boonehill Road. The officer then observed the vehicle’s tag light was not functioning. The vehicle did not stop at first but eventually came to a stop near Oakdale Drive. The officer observed a full trash can in the bed of the truck as well as a variety of furniture and plastic bags of what appeared to be trash. The occupants of the truck claimed they were in the process of moving.
However, the officer observed suspicious behavior and ask if the vehicle could be searched. The occupants agreed and the officer enlisted the assistance of a K-9 officer for a free-air search. The K-9 alerted a number of times.
The search uncovered several blister packs of Psuedoedefrine, plastic bags with white powdery substance that the driver claimed was from Zanax she had snorted earlier, a propane camping burner as well as burn cream and liquid skin.
The K-9 officer then advised that they needed to step away from the vehicle so they moved the police vehicles with the subjects inside away from the pickup truck. The K-9 officer removed a clear plastic bottle containing a pink substance and several dark pellets. The bottle was placed away from the truck on the sidewalk. The bottle appeared to be what is commonly referred to as a “one pot method” for manufacturing methamphetamine, according to police reports. The “shake and bake” method. A Metro Narcotics Unit responded to the scene.
The drug paraphernalia and other drugs were entered into evidence.
The occupants were charged with Disposal of Methamphetamine Waste and Manufacturing Methamphetamine. An amount of $1,401 found in a purse in the vehicle was seized by the Narcotics Division.
Drug truck
While on patrol of the hotels on Holiday Drive because of a rash of recent car burglaries, a Summerville police officer observed a vehicle circling the parking lot of the Econolodge. The officer then observed the vehicle travel to the Economy Inn where it drove to the rear but its occupants did not leave the vehicle. When questioned, the officer discovered the three occupants all lived locally and were not staying at the hotel. At first they said they were going to check into a hotel room but then changed their story saying they were looking for some friends at the hotel.
While talking with the driver, the officer noticed the driver’s hands were trembling uncontrollably and her breathing was labored.
After gaining consent for a search, the officer uncovered a clear plastic bag containing a white powdery substance which later tested to be cocaine, another bag containing pink prescription medication pills that were Clonazepam, a tan pill bottle without a label also containing Clonazepam and an orange and white hypodermic needle. The officer was informed that the occupants did not have a prescription for the pills and that the needle had contained heroin but the passenger  “had already used it prior to the stop.”
The occupants were arrested.

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