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Crime Report - April 18, 2017

Lugoff man arrested for meth distribution

Posted: April 17, 2017 5:59 p.m.
Updated: April 18, 2017 1:00 a.m.

Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) deputies arrested a Lugoff man for possession with intent to distribute marijuana April 12.

According to a KCSO incident report, a deputy noticed a white sedan pass them on S.C. 34 around 10:50 p.m. with no tail lights. The deputy turned around and conducted a traffic stop at Kellytown Road. The man, identified in the report as Eric Warren Smith, of Green Pastures, Lugoff, appeared so nervous to the deputy that he dropped his identification in his lap while trying to hand it over. When the deputy ran Smith’s information, it came back as being suspended and that he had an outstanding warrant from the sheriff’s office.

In addition, Smith’s female passenger had outstanding warrants with the city of Camden and town of Elgin.

The deputy arrested both Smith and the woman. During a subsequent search, the deputy found a small clear plastic wrap containing pieces of what appeared to be crystal meth in Smith’s wallet. Smith acknowledged it was meth, stating he purchased it in Georgia.

Smith is being charged with possession with intent to distribute because the meth weighed 1.1 gram.

The KCSO also reported the following other recent incidents:

A Kershaw man may be charged with second degree domestic violence after his girlfriend said he assaulted her in the Elgin area around 2 p.m. Friday. She said they were at a friend’s house when her boyfriend suddenly called her something vulgar and struck her with a fist, knocking her to the floor and then slapped her in the face twice. During the course of the next few minutes, he allegedly kept hitting her in the face and body, kicked her in her ribs and then placed her in a choke hold. She said she managed to grab a candle holder and struck him in the head, giving her enough time to get herself and her children of the house. The man reportedly locked himself in the friend’s house, but when they arrived, they forced him to leave.

A Cassatt man allegedly waived “a gun around” during at a Beverly Hill Road, Camden residence around 6:45 p.m. April 4. The incident was, apparently, connected to a different altercation between two women earlier in the day. The man, identified in the report as one of the women’s brothers, reportedly showed up and began arguing with another man when he allegedly drew the gun and cocked it, but then left the premises. The reporting deputy noted that the suspect had been denied a concealed carry permit due to previous arrest charges.

Sometime between April 6 and Tuesday, someone entered a Bethune Road home through a garage door and removed several pieces of furniture, a television and refrigerator from inside the residence. They also took an air conditioning unit from outside.

County deputies also dealt with two cases of public disorderly conduct and speeding; and one case each of driving under suspension, petit larceny and possession of cocaine.

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The Camden Police Department (CPD) is investigating the burglary of a Tillman Street home and the theft of two firearms.

According to a CPD report, the burglary took place between 10:30 p.m. April 6 and 11:30 a.m. April 7, during which time someone entered the home through a window near the kitchen and removed two handguns, one .40 caliber and the other a 9mm.

The victims said one of them came home to find the mattress on the bed rearranged and the two guns missing.

The CPD reported the other following recent incidents:

On April 11, around 12:30 a.m., an officer spotted a black 2001 Honda Civic cross over the double yellow line on Wylie Street. When he made a traffic stop, the officer discovered the driver was a 15-year-old boy with a 13-year-old boy as a passenger. He also detected the odor of marijuana coming from the car. He had both boys exit the vehicle and searched it. He found a orange-colored see-through plastic square container containing 10 white pills and three yellow pills later identified as Xanax and Alprazolam. The officer took both boys into custody and contacted their parents or legal guardians who later picked them up. There was no further mention of marijuana in the report.

A 32-year-old Camden woman said she was walking through Hampton Park around 3:30 p.m. April 9 when she noticed three people smoking marijuana and told them they should not do that. She said the subjects two young women and a young man began shouting at her and yelling profanities. She said they followed her as she began walking up Fair Street and began to attack her. Another, unidentified woman arrived on the scene and told the three subjects to leave the victim alone. The reported officer noted that the victim suffered swelling under her right eye and that a triage nurse at the hospital she may have suffered bruised or broken ribs.

Camden officers also dealt with five shopliftings; two cases of DUI, identity theft and simple possession of marijuana; and one case each of breach of trust, harassment, larceny, minor in possession of liquor, open container, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of meth, public disorderly conduct, third-degree domestic violence, vandalism and wire fraud.

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The Elgin Police Department assisted other agencies, reported two cases of trespassing; and one case each of a disturbance and illegal dumping, and conducted a welfare check.

(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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