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Cassatt woman, 64, arrested for trafficking heroin

Posted: March 9, 2017 5:26 p.m.
Updated: March 10, 2017 1:00 a.m.
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Doris Hopkins Lester

Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) narcotics agents arrested Doris Hopkins Lester, 64, of Cassatt Road, Cassatt on various drug charges, including trafficking heroin after executing a search warrant of her home on the afternoon of Feb. 27.

According to a KCSO incident report, the agents initially allowed Lester to sit unrestrained in her kitchen while they searched the home. They reported they did not want to have to place her in handcuffs due to her age and cooperation in the past. However, she then began to walk toward the living room where agents had information Lester keeps a handgun near the couch where she likes to sit.

The agents stopped Lester and asked her to sit in the kitchen, but she refused to cooperate. Agents then gently handcuffed her and kept her in the kitchen. She said she lived alone and, after other agents and deputies arrived to assist, claimed there were a few firearms around the residence, but refused to say where they were.

An agent located a black purse in the living room with a pink coin purse inside. In the coin purse, the agent found a large “knot” of heroin inside a plastic bag and 24 wax paper baggies, or slips, containing more heroin. In the same bag, the agent also found a large knot of cocaine and three yellow bags that tested positive for cocaine. Under the coin purse, the agent found a Hi-Point 9mm semi-automatic handgun with 1 clip and eight rounds of ammunition.

At this point, Lester began talking to agents, reportedly saying she had purchased the heroin and cocaine the day before. She reportedly said a male subject delivered them to her and she paid $1,400 for the 8 grams of heroin and 7 grams of cocaine. She also reportedly said she had been selling narcotics since December for about $30 per .1 gram of heroin, $30 for each half-gram bag of cocaine. Lester also reportedly admitted to selling pain medication for $2 per milligram.

A search of Lester’s living room turned up a bill bottle containing 15 Tizanidine and four Baclofen pills and a another bottle with five pills each of Trazodone, Prednisone and Promethanzine, all of which are non-controlled substances. However, agents also found another bottle with 14 Adderall pills, which is a Schedule II controlled substance. Agents also found bottles containing 15 pills of two types of Oxymorphone and six pills of three types of Oxycodone. They also found a zipper baggie containing three pills of two different types of Hydrocodone.

An agent discovered a small notebook that appeared to be used as a drug ledger containing the names of clients and balances owed, a wallet with $896 cash, a Remington 12-gauge single shot shotgun and, in the trunk of her car, a New England Firearms single shot shotgun. Some of the balances in the ledger were for thousands of dollars in drug debt owed to Lester.

Agents then arrested Lester, transported her to the Kershaw County Detention Center and charged her with trafficking in heroin, 4-14 grams; possession with intent to distribute (PWID) cocaine; two counts of PWID Schedule II controlled substances (for the Adderall and pain medications); and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime.

Additional notes from another KCSO agent added to the Feb. 27 incident report on March 1 indicated the narcotics learned they had missed a large sum of money at Lester’s home. A tipster reported Lester had signed out a set a house key to a subject at the jail and instructed them to go inside the home and retrieve the items agents had missed. A review of security footage from inside an interview room revealed that when agents walked out of the room for a brief time, Lester received and quickly answered a phone call on a cell phone. She is allegedly heard on the footage telling someone agents missed money and rubber bands (used for packaging drugs) inside a dog bed in the living room. She reportedly told the person on the phone there would $14,000 to $15,000 inside the bed. Agents remembered the dog bed and obtained another search warrant to search it.

Agents went back to Lester’s home on Cassatt Road and, finding no one home, entered and found the dog bed flipped over and the opening turned upwards. Opening the bag revealed it to be full of cedar chips and saw a single bill sticking out of the chips. Agents then removed the dog bed from the house, placed it in the front yard and emptied its contents to the ground.

When they went through the cedar chips, agents found several loose bills and three stacks of bills that were rubber-banded together. One was a stack of $100 bills with the number 10,000 written on the top bill. Another stack contained $20 and $100 bills with the number 2,000 written on the top bill. Agents collected all the currency and took it to KCSO headquarters where they counted a total of $13,200 in cash.

According to online court records, a judge imposed a bond of $5,000 for the weapon possession charge, $4,000 each for the two Schedule II controlled substance charges and $25,000 for the heroin trafficking charge. She posted bond on March 1.

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