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KCSO arrests three after receiving tip

Posted: June 11, 2018 5:24 p.m.
Updated: June 12, 2018 1:00 a.m.
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From left: Terri M. Watts, James F. Grimball and Michael Lee Bass

Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) narcotics investigators arrested one woman and two men after Sheriff Jim Matthews received a tip Friday morning from a citizen that the trio appeared to be using drugs while parked at a BP station on U.S. 1 in Lugoff.

According to a KCSO press release, investigators arrested Terri M. Watts, 32, of Haile Street Ext., Camden; James F. Grimball, 35, of Hunters Mill Court, West Columbia; and Michael Lee Brass, 35, of Pine Loop Drive, Blythewood.

Investigators charged Watts with trafficking methamphetamine (28-100 grams) and possession of ecstasy. They charged Grimball with a third offense of meth possession, and arrested Brass on a probation violation warrant.

According to the press release, the citizen approached Matthews while he was fueling his patrol vehicle. The person informed the sheriff that he had seen a man passed out in a black SUV and that two other people in the vehicle looked like they were in the process of using drugs.

A short time later, Matthews, patrol units arrived at the BP station and saw the black GMC SUV, occupied by Grimball and Brass, parked at one of the gas pumps. While investigators spoke with Grimball and Brass, Watts -- identified as the driver -- came out of the store. Deputies brought a K9 unit to the scene, which immediately alerted on the vehicle.

While they questioned the subjects, deputies located a quantity of meth that Grimball claimed as his. Meanwhile, they also learned that Brass was wanted on a probation violation.

Deputies called a female investigator to the scene and she found approximately 2 ounces (approximately 56 grams) of meth and a bag containing 12 ecstasy tablets concealed in Watts’ pants.

According to the KCSO, Watts has previously been arrested for criminal conspiracy, twice for meth possession, forgery and operating an uninsured motor vehicle.

The KCSO said Grimball has previously been arrested for fraudulent checks, family court warrants, distribution of cocaine base, possession of methamphetamine, possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, giving false information, twice for meth distribution, probation violation, shoplifting, forgery, trespassing and several arrests for unlawful attempts to purchase ephedrine (a precursor for making methamphetamine).

The KCSO also said Brass has previously been arrested numerous times for narcotics violations, breach of peace, simple assault, malicious injury to personal property, disorderly conduct, criminal domestic violence, manufacturing meth, shoplifting, and probation violation. In the state of Nebraska, authorities have arrested Brass for numerous narcotics violations, assault, trespassing, criminal mischief, assault and battery, disturbing the peace, probation violations and domestic assault.

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