Ladson and Midland…hot drug spot?
Summerville Police made two drug arrests Oct. 5 at the intersection of Ladson Road and Midland Parkway.
K-9 Officers Ryu and Luke were instrumental in discovering marijuana in two vehicles.
At 6:10 p.m., police stopped a vehicle driven by Ian Michael O’Reilly, 20, of Summerville. As the officer approached the passenger side of the vehicle, after stopping it for a faulty brake light, he noticed a sign with the word “dope” replacing the “civic” emblem on the trunk. Based on the driver’s reaction to a request for license, registration and proof of insurance, the officer asked for permission to search the vehicle. O’Reilly responded, “You can search me but not my car.” A search of O’Reilly found no contraband. However, when Officer Ryu conducted a free air search around the vehicle, he alerted by the driver’s door. Marijuana was discovered inside a Marlboro Black box.
O’Reilly was processed and charged with Simple Possession of Marijuana and released.
At 7 p.m., another vehicle was pulled over for a faulty brake light. When that officer approached, the driver avoided eye contact, staring straight ahead. When asked to exit the vehicle, the driver, Timothy Eugene Dexter, 44, of Summerville, was shaking uncontrollably. When asked if he had any illegal substances, he responded, “No, no, no, no, no, no, I have a 12-year-old son. I don’t do that kind of stuff.”
When asked if the officer could search the vehicle, Dexter responded, “There isn’t anything illegal in the vehicle, so no.”
The officer’s K-9 partner Luke then conducted a free air search and alerted on both the driver and passenger doors. Under the driver’s seat cover, a brown wooden case with a metal smoking pipe and marijuana were discovered.
Dexter was processed and charged with Simple Possession of Marijuana and Drug Paraphernalia. He was then released.