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Two arrested for heroin, ecstacy trafficking

Posted: June 18, 2015 4:12 p.m.
Updated: June 19, 2015 1:00 a.m.
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Eric Sumpter

The Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) arrested two New Jersey men passing through the county on I-20 Monday after finding them in possession of a large amount of heroin and MDMA, commonly known as ecstacy.

According to a KCSO press release, a S.C. Highway Patrol trooper stopped a car around 6:45 a.m. Monday on I-20 for speeding. A KCSO traffic deputy also working the area stopped to assist the trooper, who said the car’s occupants, Kamal Massey and Eric Sumpter, were acting nervous causing the trooper to be suspicious.

A search of the vehicle turned up a backpack with 480 “dosage unit size bags” of heroin and enough additional heroin to make approximately 3,500 more doses, according to the press release. The deputy also found 1.5 ounces of ecstacy, a digital scale and packaging materials. 

The deputy, who is trained in drug interdiction, talked with Massey and Sumpter and noticed marijuana flakes on Sumter’s shirt. This led him to conduct a probably cause search, with Sumpter admitting to having smoked some marijuana. Additional conservation with Massey and Sumpter further reinforced the deputy’s suspicions. Both men said they didn’t know who owned the backpack on the back seat of the car.

The KCSO arrested and charged the men with trafficking heroin and MDMA, transporting them to the Kershaw County Detention where, as of Thursday morning, they remain, not having posted bond.

According to the KCSO press release, Sumpter recently left federal prison and has previous arrests for forgery, probation violations, larcenies, receiving stolen property, identity theft, possession of a weapon for unlawful purposes, credit card theft, wrongful impersonation, assault on police, criminal mischief, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of analog drugs, theft by deception, making false ID, harassment, assault, threatening to kill and resisting arrest. These arrests took place in New Jersey, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Oklahoma, Massachusetts and Georgia.

The KCSO said Massey has been previously arrested for possession of analog drugs, distribution of drugs on school property, distribution and possession of marijuana, disorderly conduct, prowling public places, improper behavior and possession of drug paraphernalia. These arrests took place in New Jersey.

“A ‘routine’ traffic stop and excellent interagency cooperation resulted in these significant narcotics arrests. Sumpter and Massey intended to peddle a lot of their ‘poison’ somewhere and were stopped in Kershaw County,” Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews said. “I commend the trooper and our deputy for taking the extra steps necessary to get these men off the street.”

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