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Shooting incident leads to drug arrest

Posted: December 23, 2013 5:34 p.m.
Updated: December 24, 2013 5:00 a.m.

The Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) arrested a Georgia man on drug charges following a shooting incident at a Lugoff hotel. KCSO deputies have not been able to directly tie the man to the shooting.

Deputies arrested Melvin Wayne Harris, 53, of Locust Grove, Ga., early Saturday morning, later charging him with possession with intent to distribute (PWID) marijuana, PWID crack cocaine, PWID marijuana in proximity to a school and PWID crack cocaine within proximity of a school.

According to court records, a magistrate judge set a total bond at $30,000 surety, meaning Harris only had to pay $3,000 to be released. Online jail records show he posted bond later Saturday and was released.

Two deputies conducting property checks in the vicinity of Camden West Inn on U.S. 1 in Lugoff heard gunshots around 2 a.m. Saturday and then saw numerous people running from Plum’s, a lounge attached to the hotel. According to a KCSO press release, and official description of the incident, the deputies saw one man -- later identified as Harris -- leave the club and go into a nearby hotel room. Witnesses told the deputies there had been an altercation inside Plum’s and claimed Harris had fired two rounds in an attempt to break up the fight.

Deputies approached Harris and went with him to his room, after he consented for it to be searched. Harris admitted deputies would find marijuana, but that there was no weapon in the room. During their search, the deputies located 12 grams of marijuana, 4.1 grams of crack cocaine, $1,539 in cash, digital scale and other packaging materials.

The KCSO noted that Plum’s is located near both a daycare center and a church.

Although deputies recovered two spent 9mm shell casings from inside the lounge, they did not recover a handgun.

According to the KCSO, Harris has previous arrests in New York for narcotics violations, trespassing, disorderly conduct, robbery, petit larceny, grand larceny, criminal possession of stolen property, assault to cause injury with a weapon, trademark counterfeiting and operating a motor vehicle while impaired by drugs.

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