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Couple arrested for meth distribution

Posted: August 20, 2018 4:06 p.m.
Updated: August 21, 2018 1:00 a.m.
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Tina Medlin

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Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) narcotics agents arrested a Cassatt man and his Colleton County girlfriend on methamphetamine distribution during the early morning hours of Aug. 10.

According to a KCSO incident report, agents arrested Detrick Cie Brown, 37, of West Drive, Cassatt, and Tina Marie Medlin, 32, of Seigler Drive, Walterboro, and charged them with distribution of methamphetamine. According to online court and county jail records, deputies additionally charged Brown with three counts of financial transaction fraud, although those charges appeared not to be connected to the drug charges.

In the report, agents said they were trying to serve a bench warrant on Brown at a home on Ryan Lane in Elgin. They had learned from different sources that Brown was staying at the home and in possession of a large quantity of meth. When they arrived, agents met with the man who actually lives at the home on his front porch. He said that in addition to his own girlfriend and their children, Brown and Medlin were inside. After agents showed him the warrant for Brown’s arrest, the man gave them permission to enter and, subsequently, search the home.

Agents found Brown and Medlin in a spare bedroom and could see in plain view a small of meth on a dresser. They also noticed a small amount of what appeared to be meth residue on a dresser in the master bedroom. The agents detained Brown, placing him in handcuffs and asked Medlin and the woman living there to sit in the living room with Brown.

As agents began searching the home, one deputy reportedly overheard Medlin ask Brown if “Enfamil,” a brand of baby formula, was still where he put it. Realizing there were no infants nor any signs of them in the home, agents suspected “Enfamil” was a code for hidden narcotics.

When agents reached the bathroom closest to the guest room and began to remove the toilet cover, Medlin reportedly looked at Brown and said “we’re screwed.” Shortly thereafter, an investigator said he had found a Ziplock-type baggie with a green container inside that, in turn, held a plastic sandwich baggie containing 5.5 grams of meth in the back of the toilet. The woman who lived at the home then began screaming at Brown, saying her boyfriend had better not go to jail because drugs that weren’t his.

Brown, Medlin and the couple living in the home all denied possession of the meth. Brown and Medlin even denied noticing the drugs on the dresser in their room. Additionally, the man living there said he has not used that particular bathroom in a very long time, using the one attached to the master bedroom.

Agents then arrested Brown and Medlin and transported them to the Kershaw County Detention Center (KCDC), where both are still being held. Brown is being held on a total of $30,000 bond; Medlin on $5,000 bond.

According to the report, on Aug. 14, Brown asked KCDC officials to contact KCSO agents in order to speak to them again. During that interview, Brown reportedly admitted the 5.5 grams of meth were his and that he had purchased it from a Lexington woman. He said he had purchased 7 grams and that the 5.5 grams was what was left.

He reportedly stated that Medlin had been trying to keep him “straight” and that she kept him from running the night they were arrested.

According to online court records, Brown has a pending charge of breaking into a motor vehicle in connection with an arrest on April 20. At the time of his latest arrest, he was out of jail on $5,000 bond. In July 2017, Brown pleaded guilty to giving false information to law enforcement. He has also previously pleaded or been found guilty of trespassing, failing to stop for blue lights and second-degree burglary.

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