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Lugoff woman arrested for meth trafficking, more

Posted: December 3, 2018 5:10 p.m.
Updated: December 4, 2018 1:00 a.m.
Provided by the Kershaw County Detention Center/

Heather Dow

On the morning of Nov. 15, the KCSO’s Special Response Team (SRT) and narcotics agents executed a lawful search warrant at a Mockingbird Road, Lugoff, residence that resulted in the arrest of Heather Lynn Dow, 37, of the home, on Nov. 27. Deputies charged Dow with second offenses of trafficking meth (10-28 grams), possession with intent to distribute heroin, possession of Schedule II narcotics and possession of Schedule I-V controlled substances.

According to a KCSO incident report, the SRT and narcotics agents knocked on the door on Nov. 15, announced themselves and then forced open the front door. Inside, they found an elderly man and a small child in the living room. Team members secured both and got them out of harm’s way. Other team members located Dow after forcing open a locked bedroom door. They reported she was sitting on a bed, wearing gloves, and that there were several clear plastic baggies in front of her.

After placing her in handcuffs and moving her to the living room, Dow claimed she only had less than an ounce of meth. However, a search of the home turned up turned up two baggies of meth inside a Coca-Cola “hideaway” can, two digital scales and a small bag of marijuana in the bedroom. Inside a nightstand drawer, agents found a prescription bottle of Suboxone with Dow’s name on it. Inside the bottle they found numerous types of Schedule II and IV pills mixed in for which she did not have a prescription. On the floor near a pile of clothes, agents found a pack of Newport cigarettes containing a clear baggie of heroin.

Agents did not arrest Dow at that time, however.

The following day at KCSO headquarters, agents weighed all the narcotics and determined Dow had been in possession of .5 grams of heroin, 25 grams of meth, 18 dosage units of 2 mg Alprazolam pills, 13 dosage units of 1 mg Alprazolam pills, 10 dosage units of Diazepam, six dosage units of Oxycodone and one dosage unit of Morphine.

Ten days later, on Nov. 27, agents returned to Dow’s Mockingbird residence to arrest her on the warrants for the charges resulting from the Nov. 15 search. On Nov. 27, agents found her to be in possession of more narcotics and charged her with an additional charge each of possession of Schedule I-V narcotics and possession of Schedule I or II narcotics.

A magistrate set total bond on Dow of $70,000; according to online jail records; she was still being detained as of Monday morning.

According to online Kershaw County court records, Dow pleaded guilty in February to two counts of possession of less than one gram of meth or cocaine base, for which she was sentenced to three years in prison suspended upon two years probation. Those charges stemmed from a February 2017 arrest that also included a charge of possession of a controlled Schedule I-V narcotic. However, the solicitor’s office dropped that charge in June 2017.

In March 2017, also resulting from her arrest the previous month, Dow was found guilty in a bench trial of a charge listed as “unlawful to advertise for sale, manufacture, possess, sell, etc., paraphernalia” for which she was assessed a $100 civil fine. In May 2011, Dow was found guilty in a bench trial of petit larceny of $2,000 or less.

In February 2012, Dow pleaded guilty to third-degree burglary stemming from a June 2011 arrest. A judge sentenced her to five years in prison, credited with time served with the balance suspended to five years probation, and ordered to pay $3,000 in restitution.

Dow has also been arrested for a number of traffic violations.

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