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Crime Report - April 22, 2015

Deputies seize large amount of meth

Posted: April 21, 2015 4:15 p.m.
Updated: April 22, 2015 1:00 a.m.

The Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO), along with the S.C. Highway Patrol (SCHP) seized 2.5 kilos, or 5 and one-half pounds of methamphetamine Friday.

According to a KCSO press release, officers stopped a 2008 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck on I-20 near Camden. A SCHP trooper found the truck occupied by two Hispanic male subjects, whose identities have not been verified.

The trooper requested a KCSO K9 officer come to the scene whose dog alerted to narcotics in the truck. However, a roadside search of the truck failed to reveal any narcotics, leading deputies and troopers to release the two men from the scene.

Meanwhile, KCSO narcotics officers obtained a search warrant for the truck and took it to headquarters where they conducted a more thorough search of the truck. During the search, deputies located a hidden compartment in the vehicle, revealing the 5 and one-half pounds of crystal methamphetamine.

Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews said the investigation into the source of the meth is ongoing.

“This is yet another example of what is being transported on our roadways. An alert trooper or other traffic officer, along with a good dose of interagency cooperation, can have a significant impact on drug trafficking in our county or state,” Matthews said.

The KCSO reported the following other incidents during the period of April 13-19:

KCSO deputies arrested a Lugoff man Thursday after he allegedly assaulted his former girlfriend. According to a KCSO report, the 37-year-old woman said she had ignored phone calls from the 53-year-old man, who came to her home and forced her into his car. He reportedly drove her to athletic fields at Whitehead Road and U.S. 1 where he allegedly beat and kicked her and threw her against the vehicle before she escaped under the car, crawled to the other side and ran to a nearby neighborhood to call 911. The reporting deputy wrote the woman had visible injuries which were photographed as evidence. The woman said she had left some personal items in her attacker’s car and the deputy went to his home, which was close by. According to the report, the man said he had thrown her items from the car at the sports fields, effectively admitting he had been there.

Deputies arrested a Columbia man early Saturday morning on charges of possession with intent to distribute marijuana and other offenses after fleeing from deputies. According to a KCSO report, a deputy saw Pedro Martinez-Vivanco, 21, of Burmaster Drive, Columbia, speeding at 78 mph in a 45 mph zone. Martinez-Vivanco reportedly ignored the deputy’s blue lights and sped away into Richland County, running a stop sign. Martinez-Vivanco allegedly threw a large object from the car before stopping at a store. A deputy reported a strong odor of marijuana in the car. The report said Martinez-Vivanco admitted to smoking marijuana earlier but said it was gone. He claimed he fled because he had no license and was wanted on an outstanding warrant. Deputies checked the area where the object was thrown from the car and found a black bag with more than 1.2 pounds of marijuana. Deputies also seized $893. Charges included speeding more than 25 mph above the posted limit, not having a valid South Carolina drivers license and failure to stop for blue lights.

The KCSO also reported 12 thefts, eight burglaries, eight arrests for possession of marijuana, five reports of identity theft, five arrests for public disorderly conduct, four incidents each of assault, making threats, and breach of peace, three arrests for driving under suspension, three trespassing incidents, two reports each for illegally carrying a firearm, criminal domestic violence, shoplifting and failure to stop for blue lights and one case each for fraud, a wanted fugitive arrested, forgery, possession of crack cocaine, possession of cocaine, harassment, breach of trust and driving without a license.

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The Elgin Police Department (EPD) reported the following incidents during the period of April 13-19:

An EPD officer issued tickets to an Elgin man for failing to stop his car for a stopped school bus as children were exiting the bus. While waiting for the bus to finish its stop, the officer saw the driver turn without using a turn signal. The driver claimed he went around the bus because its stop sign was not out. The officer also gave him a tickets for having an expired vehicle tag.

An Elgin woman called police after her daughter reportedly destroyed her bedroom, threatened her life and locked her in the bathroom. The 14-year-old girl allegedly kicked the EPD officer who responded to the scene and resisted arrest by six assisting officers. EPD officers arrested the girl for assault, malicious injury to personal property and causing $250 in damage.

EPD officers stopped a truck pulling a large utility trailer after noticing broken tail lights and no visible brake lights. During the stop, the officers learned the KCSO and Camden Police Department both had warrants for a person riding as a passenger in the truck. Officers arrested the passenger and issued warnings to the driver.

Someone vandalized an Elgin woman’s car with racial slurs. The woman told officers she was awakened by noise outside her home around 4 a.m. but assumed the sound came from her neighbors. Officers took photos of the damage, estimated at $2,000.

An officer stopped a car traveling 54 mph in a 35 mph zone. During the stop, the officer noticed the driver had slurred speech, smelled of alcohol and could not form sentences. The officer charged the driver with speeding and DUI.

An Elgin woman reported a man riding a bicycle hit her car. Officers found him to be intoxicated. The hit and run incident caused approximately $500 in damage.

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The Camden Police Department reported two shopliftings and a theft from a car.

Incident reports are provided by the Camden and Elgin police departments 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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