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Law Enforcement Report - March 23, 2011

Lugoff man arrested on cocaine distribution charge

Posted: March 23, 2011 8:53 a.m.
Updated: March 23, 2011 5:00 a.m.

A Lugoff man was arrested March 14 on drug charges after being stopped by Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) investigators for a traffic violation.

The officers first spotted Dexter Lorenzo Salmond, 36, of Fort Jackson Road, Lugoff, failing to signal when turning left out of a U.S. 1 parking lot, according to a KCSO report. They also saw Salmond fail to maintain his place in his lane of traffic and travel at 55 mph in a 45 mph zone. The car was pulled over on U.S. 1 at Winter Way where the driver was identified as Salmond. Deputies reported Salmond was someone people had complaining about regarding cocaine sales at local bars and parking lots. Those complaints included Salmond using the Chevy Cavalier they had stopped to transport powder cocaine.

After he was asked to step out of his vehicle, deputies noted Salmond kept putting his hands in his pockets and digging in them “nervously.” During a patdown, a deputy felt what turned out to be a large clear plastic bag with clumpy white powder in Salmond’s left sneaker.

In the report, deputies wrote the following: “Dexter Salmond was detained as (deputy) secured the contraband, and Dexter Salmond immediately stated, ‘It’s cocaine’ with a sigh and said, ‘that’s all I got.’”

Salmond reportedly claimed it was around 3 grams of what actually turned out to be 5 grams of cocaine split among four smaller bags inside the first one. A search of the car also turned up a digital scale, box of baking soda, a box of plastic bags and a medicinal powder which deputies said in the report could be used as a thinner to help maximize profits.

The Cavalier was seized and Salmond transported to the Kershaw County Detention Center where he was charged with possession with intent to distribute (PWID) powder cocaine and transporting narcotics in a motor vehicle.

Deputies reported Salmond was out on bond for a September 2009 drug case. According to a report of that case, Salmond was arrested on the 2200 block of U.S. 1 South near a school acting unsteady on his feet and seen dropping a small metal container. Deputies found 13 individual bags inside the container with powder cocaine in each. He was charged at the time with PWID powder cocaine and PWID cocaine in proximity of a school.

The KCSO reported the following other incidents during the period of March 14-20:

A 29-year-old Lugoff man was arrested on multiple charges after passing a deputy at “an extremely high rate of speed” on S.C. 12 (Fort Jackson Road) March 15. The deputy pursued the silver Honda until it pulled into a S.C. 12 driveway. By the time he caught up, the deputy saw the Honda in the driveway with the parking lights still on and the suspect sitting in a lounge chair with his feet on a table. The man admitted he had been driving the Honda and was asked to stand up and speak with the deputy at the car. Instead, the man reportedly responded, “What the f--- for? I am on private property.” The deputy realized the car fit the description of one an informant said was being used to deal drugs in the Andrews Circle area about 15 miles away. A scuffle took place when the deputy went to get the man up, with the men going to the ground. Nearby witnesses were asked to call 911. While waiting for help, the deputy placed the man in a rear neck hold. Other deputies arriving on the scene commanded the suspect to place his hands on his head. The man responded with curses and was struck with a Taser twice before the man complied with commands. While being placed in a patrol car, the man reportedly continued to curse and claimed he knew “the biggest drug dealers in Kershaw County.” He was taken to jail where he was held pending charges of public disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and traffic violations. He was released on bond the next day.

Deputies responded to a call of several people dealing drugs and shooting weapons near Grey Fox Road in Lugoff. The deputies went to the cul-de-sac and saw a house with lights on in the living room. They could also smell the strong odor of marijuana. A white SUV was parked in the woods across from the house. As deputies walked closer to the SUV, they said it appeared the suspects had left the scene in a hurry. Deputies found three potted marijuana plants at the rear of the house. They also saw jumper cables were being used to illegally draw electricity from a nearby power line.

A small fire broke out at a school on Chesnut Road near Elgin. A responding deputy said the fire appeared to be coming from under the porch and spreading up the front door of the office building. An employee said they had poured salt on the fire, but it had started up again. The deputy was able to enter the building and retrieve a fire extinguisher to put the fire “halfway out,” but it flared back up again. All children at the school were in a safe location.

A Ladson woman said her husband became so angry she did not stop at a restaurant near the I-20 westbound rest area that he opened the passenger door and hung his legs out of the vehicle while she was driving on the interstate. She said when she pulled over and stopped, he tried to snatch the keys from her and wouldn’t let her use the GPS. After speaking to a deputy, the husband agreed to ride in the back seat the rest of the trip.

An Elgin man said he received a phone call from an unknown male suspect trying to sell him oxycodone and hydrocodone over the phone. He said the man didn’t speak English very well but claimed he was going to send an “in-home” female nurse to the address listed at his number.

Deputies were called to a Dogwood Lane, Cassatt, residence in reference to a 37-year-old man being knocked out. When they arrived, they found the victim grossly intoxicated and bleeding from a 2-inch cut on the right side of his head. He said he was punched in the head by a friend over $20 of crack cocaine, but he didn’t want to press charges.

A man living on Black River Road near Camden reported hearing several gunshots in front of his home around 6:30 a.m. Saturday. He said they sounded like they had been fired from a vehicle going down the road. Five 9mm shell casings were found along the road in front of the man’s house.

An Elgin woman reported someone obtained her debit card information and used it to purchase nearly $2,000 in plane tickets, electronic items and other merchandise over the Internet. Some of the purchases were made even after she reported the matter to her bank.

Someone kicked out the living window at a Lewis Street, Camden, residence and stole a two shotguns including a .410 caliber single shot with a camouflage sling. The thieves also took $3 in change from a dresser drawer.

Someone kicked in the front door to a Fort Jackson Road, Elgin, home and stole two washing machines, one from inside the home and one from outside. The victim’s car was keyed and a CD/DVD player removed from inside.

Someone stole a cast iron tub and a car hood from a Hickory Head Road home near Kershaw. The victim said he saw two suspects in a black Chrysler car with red and gray pin stripes on the trunk leave the area.

Someone entered a Law Street, Camden, home through a window by using an extension ladder and stole a video game system and an antique British 303 rifle.

A 30-year-old Cassatt man is being accused of stealing approximately 20 trailer tires and 20 axles from a family member’s front yard.

The KCSO and DSS are investigating the possibility of child abuse in the case of a 14-month-old child with a broken collarbone.

County deputies also assisted other agencies, served bench warrants and dealt with 11 simple assault; eight vandalism; seven harassing or obscene phone call; six larceny and public disorderly conduct; five theft from a motor vehicle; three breach of trust, forgery and swindle; two bad checks, DUI, harassment, identity theft, intimidation, no driver’s license and trespassing; and one breach of peace, death, larceny, littering missing person, motor vehicle theft, runaway, shoplifting, simple possession of marijuana and theft of motor vehicle parts or accessories.

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Two Camden men were arrested on multiple charges March 14 after Camden Police Department (CPD) officers saw their red Toyota Truck on East DeKalb Street near Lakeshore Drive with only one headlight.

They were pulled over on DeKalb Street near a bingo hall. Officers saw an open 12-pack of beer inside the truck as they approached. The 49-year-old driver produced two insurance cards, both of which were expired and could not produce the vehicle’s registration. He kept telling officers the beer was not open and claimed there were no open containers in the truck. He also kept asking officers “how much longer” it was going to take.

Kershaw County dispatchers informed officers that the 36-year-old passenger was in the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) for failure to appear in the Superior Court of Wilmington, Del., for check fraud. Officers then approached the truck and asked the driver for consent to search. He initially responded by asking why they needed to do so if all that was wrong was his tail light being broken, but then consented.

As officers began the search, the driver admitted there was one open beer in the truck. The passenger then pulled a brown paper bag out from the truck, which contained an open 40-ounce bottle of light beer. The driver was then asked if there was anything else in the truck, and he said no.

A search of the car initially turned up pill bottles and unused syringes in the glove compartment. The driver said a pill found in one of the bottles was for his high blood pressure and the syringes for his wife’s diabetes. However, another pill bottle was found on the floorboard and turned out to contain six pieces of crack cocaine for a total of .6 gram.

The driver was arrested and charged with no proof of insurance, defective equipment and open container and warnings for no registration and failing to change his address. The passenger was charged with open container. A hold was placed on both men pending warrants for possession of crack cocaine.

The CPD reported the following other incidents during the period of March 14-20:

A 38-year-old Camden man wanted on an outstanding bench warrant was arrested on multiple charges after an officer saw a vehicle he was driving turn onto Goodale Avenue from West DeKalb Street at a high rate of speed. The officer reported she saw the vehicle cross over the center line and begin to slide out of control toward the Kershaw County Recreation Department grounds. Another unit was advised of the direction of travel and the first officer followed the blue 1999 Buick LeSabre along Goodale Avenue; and Laurens, Gordon, Chesnut and Carter streets, ending at the intersection of Carter Street and Battleship Road. She reported that the car failed to stop for stop signs and traffic lights, including a horse crossing light on Carter Street. The chase ended when the suspect was blocked by the second officer’s patrol car. He was immediately removed and handcuffed. Dispatchers confirmed the LeSabre had been stolen from a club at the corner of West DeKalb and Wylie streets. Deputies also learned the man’s license had been suspended multiple times as far back as 1993 and had been caught driving under suspension once before. He was taken to jail and charged with driving under suspension (second offense), driving left of center and disregarding a stop sign. The man was also arrested on his outstanding bench warrant for malicious injury to property and held pending a warrant for motor vehicle theft.

Someone stole a Lugoff woman’s car from the Amtrak station off West DeKalb Street. The silver 2008 Dodge Caliber four-door was left there by the woman’s son so she and her husband could use it when they arrived from a trip. When they stepped off the train, all they could find was a pile of broken glass and a small umbrella holder she recognized as having been in her car.

A 34-year-old Camden man was arrested for interfering with a municipal officer while that officer was trying to interview subjects who may have been involved in an altercation at a Rutledge Street restaurant. The man allegedly told the officer he didn’t know how to do his job and continued to interrupt the officer interviewing one of his friends.

Someone entered a U.S. 521 South hotel room through a window and stole a TV.

Camden officers also assisted other agencies, served bench warrants and dealt with two criminal domestic violence; and one intimidation, larceny, missing person, open container, protective order violation, shoplifting and trespassing.

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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