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Two men arrested in West DeKalb Street drug bust

Posted: July 2, 2013 5:31 p.m.
Updated: July 3, 2013 5:00 a.m.


People driving on West DeKalb Street in Camden got to see something they normally don’t on a Monday afternoon: a short car chase and the arrest of two men in a drug bust.

Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) narcotics officers arrested two men on drug charges after stopping them in the middle of West DeKalb Street near the Camden Police Department headquarters. Narcotics agents arrested Alden Lee Outten, 26, and Kevin Gerard Sutton, 29.

Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews said Outten and Sutton were caught on surveillance at a Camden motel with drugs. KCSO narcotics agents found a small amount of cocaine, $3,000 in cash and a set of scales in their vehicle following a short chase eastbound on West DeKalb Street. Multiple law enforcement units, including S.C. Highway Patrol troopers, chased Outten and Sutton’s vehicle into the middle turn lane as the pair was cut off by KCSO narcotics agents.

Matthews said agents believe the men had just made a sale at the motel. He also said that officers found Outten with a bag of marijuana hidden in his rectum after he and Sutton were transported to the Kershaw County Detention Center (KCDC). The sheriff said anyone arrested for drugs is told to give law enforcement everything they have before being taken to jail. Drugs found after they enter the jail is considered contraband, and can lead to additional charges, Matthews said.

According to Matthews, KCSO narcotics agents have had several run-ins with the two men. Matthews said Outten has a record dating back to 2004; Sutton to 2003. Criminal records for both men indicated multiple drug arrests, failing to stop for blue lights and a variety of other charges, Matthews said.

Narcotics agents charged Outten with a second offense of possession of cocaine; Sutton with a fourth offense of possession of cocaine.

Online KCDC records showed that both men were still in custody as of Tuesday afternoon.


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