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Overheard conversation leads to arrests

  • Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Don’t talk about the fight club – or in this case, the drug deal.

According to a Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office incident report, a deputy responded to a convenience store on Dorchester Road at about 7:20 p.m. July 26 after someone called to report overhearing several subjects talking about dealing drugs on the premises. When the deputy arrived, he spoke to the caller, who stated the subjects were now behind the store in a white GMC Sonoma.

The deputy approached the vehicle and saw two subjects in the front seat who appeared to be making some sort of exchange. Upon closer inspection, the subject in the passenger seat, identified as 30-year-old Kim Ngoc Nguyen of Goose Creek, had a $20 bill in his hand while the subject in the driver’s seat appeared to be handing him some type of pills. The subject in the driver’s seat, identified as 21-year-old Ariosto M. Schenone of Summerville, saw the deputy and began to swallow the pills, washing them down with vitamin water, according to the report.

The subject in the passenger seat attempted to get away, but the deputy stopped him; when the subject would not cooperate, he put the subject on the ground and placed his foot on the subject’s shoulder to pin him. The other subject kept swallowing pills as well as what looked like a small rock of crack cocaine, the deputy reported. The deputy placed that subject in a choke hold to prevent him from swallowing the items and possibly harming himself, according to the report. However, despite the deputy’s efforts, the subject managed to consume the item, according to the report.

A second deputy arrived on scene and they were able to take the subjects into custody. They searched Schenone, finding several spoons and an unused needle; a search of the truck produced several loose pills marked Mylan A 4 and two Xanax bars, according to the report.

No contraband was found on Nguyen, according to the report.

When asked why he attempted to resist, Ngyuen stated that he did not resist but laid down for the officer and in fact did not at first realize that he was being accosted by a law enforcement officer, according to the report.

Nguyen was charged with resisting arrest and transported to the Dorchester County Detention Center in St. George.

Shenone was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, destruction of property, and possession of Schedule IV narcotics, according to the report.

Shenone told the deputies he does use drugs but was swallowing cotton balls, not drugs, during the incident. EMS checked Shenone’s vitals and transported him to Summerville Medical Center for evaluation before the deputies transported him to the detention center, according to the report.

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