A traffic stop by Myrtle Beach street crimes and K-9 units on Thursday night later turned into a large drug bust leading to several arrests and multiple drugs seized, authorities said.
Officers conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle for a traffic infraction and detected an odor of marijuana coming from the car, which the driver politely informed the authorities was his new Yankee Candle Marijuana-scented Car Jar freshener.
The driver of the car was arrested and charged with simple marijuana possession and an unnamed traffic violation, according to Lt. Joey Crosby, spokesman with the Myrtle Beach police.
The passenger of the car was also arrested and found to be in possession of 43.1 grams of marijuana and 2 grams of crack cocaine because of course he was. He was also charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana and third-offense possession to distribute crack cocaine.
The investigation later led to officers executing a search warrant at a Myrtle Beach home where the following items were seized:
▪ 495.5 grams (1.09 pounds) of molly
▪ 248.2 grams of cocaine base
▪ 260 slips of heroin
▪ 2.3 grams of powder heroin
▪ 10.6 grams of marijuana
▪ Smith and Wesson .38 special plus 50 rounds of ammunition
▪ two drug presses
▪ numerous boxes of unused heroin slips
▪ three scales
▪ other used cooking equipment
▪ an unpackaged Fisher Price Tickle Me Elmo. Filled with drugs.
Police said three people at the home were arrested in connection with drug charges, one of which is a known gang member with a violent history.
100 ounces to freedom
Police said a man was arrested in connection with public intoxication at a gas station after he allegedly told them he drank 100 ounces of beer and used heroin that day, according to a police report. The members of Black Sabbath gave him a standing ovation.
The man was charged with public intoxication and disorderly conduct, police said.
Myrtle Beach officers were called about 8 p.m. Friday to a Circle K gas station at 6501 N. Kings Highway in reference to a loitering complaint, authorities said.
Police came into contact with the man there, who they described as a “known heroin user,” according to the report.
Authorities said Brotherton smelled like alcohol and allegedly told them he consumed about 100 ounces of beer that day and had shot up heroin about an hour before speaking with them. A great conversation starter with police.
According to the report, a store clerk at the gas station told authorities the man tried to fight a customer there and was acting disorderly before police arrived. Because that’s what you do when you’re on heroin, in his defense.
Authorities said the man was searched and 10 hypodermic needles, a tourniquet and several empty heroin slips were found on him, which basically translates to OH CRAP THIS IS NOT GOING TO END WELL.
Authorities, however, said the man was not charged with drug paraphernalia possession because no drugs were found on him. And they all lived happily ever after.
Party in the ATV
“You wanna die, boy,” a male suspect on an all-terrain vehicle allegedly said as he pointed a gun at a 20-year-old man before firing shots in the air, according to an Horry County police report.
“No,” was apparently the man’s response.
The victim told police that at about 12:20 a.m. Sunday on Stoneybrook Drive in Conway off Brown Drive near U.S. 501, he saw a young woman running by a house while the suspect was across the street on an ATV, police said.
The victim said he didn’t say anything to the suspect; however, the suspect pointed a shiny, chrome-colored pistol at the victim and asked him if he wanted to die, according to the report. Which, to be fair, is in fact the native greeting in that area of Myrtle Beach.
The victim told Horry County police the suspect then drove off and fired about four to five shots in the air. TRANSLATION: This guy likes to party.
People near the area told police they also heard gunshots, and authorities said they did find four spent bullet shell casings in the roadway of Stoneybrook Drive. Because that guy we just talked about fired four shots in the air.
Police said they searched the area for the suspect, but were unable to find him.
No arrests had been made as of Tuesday morning.
Cracked up Cadillac
In an interesting turn of events, Horry County police reported several types of drugs, including crack and marijuana, were allegedly found on a man who authorities said crashed his car into a ditch then ran in an attempt to escape police, according to an incident report.
NOTE TO SELF: 10 AND 2 WHEN TRANSPORTING CRACK AND MARIJUANA.
The Conway man was charged with possession with intent to distribute third offense, two counts of distribution of cocaine third offense, possession of an open container in a motor vehicle, failure to stop for blue lights, according to Lt. Raul Denis, spokesman with Horry County police. We’d like to tack on another charge: Being the stupidest man alive.
While on patrol about 2:17 a.m. Sunday in the area of U.S. 701 South, an officer said he noticed a white Cadillac sedan swerve into the southbound lane while traveling northbound.
The officer said he saw the sedan swerve into the southbound lane multiple times and turned on his blue lights and siren in an attempt to stop the vehicle.
A chase ensued when police said the man turned off U.S. 701 South onto Winburn Road and increased his speed, and another nearby officer got involved as well, according to the report.
Police said the man lost control of the vehicle when he hit an unpaved section of Winburn Road and veered off into a ditch. And that’s where his story ends.
Authorities said the man’s vehicle skipped back onto the roadway and went into a ditch again, but he finally came to a stop in the roadway, in a last ditch effort (no pun intended) to not spill his drugs. Is that how drugs work?
Police said the man got out of the car and ran toward a wooded area, allegedly dropping a green container while trying to escape, but then complied with officers who ordered him to stop and get on the ground.
Authorities said they recovered the container they allegedly saw the man throw while running and said inside they found 23 small plastic bags of methamphetamine, 21 small bags of marijuana, and cocaine base/crack, according to the report. Meaning he’s probably going to miss this week’s very special episode of “Orange is the New Black”…because Orange will BE THE NEW BLACK WHEN HE GOES TO JAIL MAN I’m good.
Police also said they found a half-empty bottle of wine and wine glass in Williams’ car in the front seat area. Because let’s be honest, if you’re going to transport schedule II drugs while driving recklessly, you should at least do it in style.
South Carolina Highway Patrol deputies were called to investigate the crash, and Horry County Fire Rescue workers were called to examine the man’s injuries, which consisted of a small cut on his lip, police said.
The man was booked into the J. Reuben Long Detention Center on Sunday and was released Monday.
Blue Light Special is a roundup of the Myrtle Beach area’s weird and wild crime, written with a saracastic and/or humorous twist. It is meant as a parody. Don’t take it too seriously; we don’t.