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Crime Report - March 5, 2014

Lugoff man charged with making, distributing meth

Posted: March 4, 2014 4:18 p.m.
Updated: March 5, 2014 5:00 a.m.

Edward Hinson Conant


The Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) arrested a Lugoff man, charging him with manufacturing methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute on Feb. 25.

A KCSO report said narcotics officers received information that Edward Walter Conant, 41, of Cricket Hill Lane, Lugoff, had purchased “an excessive amount of pseudoephedrine” over the previous two weeks. The over-the-counter medication is a primary ingredient in methamphetamine.

Conant met deputies in his yard and allowed them to look around, the report said. Deputies found a burn pile containing two drink bottles that held “contents consistent with methamphetamine waste” in the backyard. Conant also allowed deputies to search a wood shop behind the home where they found a trash can with more suspected methamphetamine waste and smelled a chemical odor.

Deputies asked Conant to empty his pockets, revealing a pseudoephedrine box containing 96 pills. The report listed other evidence found at the scene: a box of coffee filters, funnel with white residue, plastic bottle cap with plastic tubing, pill grinder, household drain opener, measuring cup, three small Tupperware containers, plastic container with white residue inside a microwave oven, box of pseudoephedrine with the pills removed from the blister pack on top of the microwave oven; and other items commonly used in the meth manufacturing process. Deputies also confiscated three firearms.

The KCSO notified the S.C. State South Carolina Law Enforcement Division of the situation and a specialized clean-up crew went to the scene. Online court records show Conant has numerous prior arrests, including manufacturing methamphetamine in June 2013. In November 2013, deputies arrested Conant on second-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor under 16 years old for allegedly sexually assaulting a teenage relative. That case is still pending. At the time of his arrest on the current meth charges, was free on $60,000 bond relating to the criminal sexual conduct case.

The KCSO also answered complaints of 14 thefts, four burglaries, four incidents of criminal domestic violence, made four arrests for possession of marijuana, made three arrests for driving under the influence, had three cases each of assault, disorderly conduct and driving under suspension, two cases of vandalism and one case each of telephone harassment, shoplifting, speeding more than 15 mph over the limit and a sex offender failing to register.


The Camden Police Department (CPD) responded to an assault call Sunday and found a 55-year-old man had been cut with a knife.

The police report stated dispatchers sent EMS to a Laurens Street apartment complex for a nosebleed, but found a male victim with a 1-inch knife wound on his nose. The victim said he did not want to press charges against his attacker who turned out to be his 53-year-old brother.

Officers located the knife in a kitchen sink where they also found blood on the counter. Despite the victim’s wishes, officers arrested his brother for second-degree assault and took him to the Kershaw County Detention Center.

The CPD also reported one case of driving under suspension, one theft, one counterfeit $20 bill, one malicious injury to personal property, one assault and one shoplifting.

Incident reports are provided by the Camden Police Department and Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office and are a matter of public record under the S.C. Freedom of Information Act. If the C-I makes a mistake, it will correct it upon verification with the appropriate law enforcement agency. Readers are cautioned that other individuals may have similar or identical names as those contained in incident reports. All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty.



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