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by | August 20, 2016 9:00 am

Last Updated: August 19, 2016 at 11:43 am

Drug investigation nets charges

The Aug. 12 search of a Mill Street residence discovered evidence that translated into multiple charges for the resident.

Walterboro Police Officers conducting a drug investigation allegedly developed enough information to secure the warrant.

Officers armed with the search warrant arrived at the residence shortly before 8:30 a.m.

The search reportedly discovered two baggies containing crystal meth, a syringe containing a clear liquid, two glass pipes, a sawed-off shotgun, two handguns, a brown box containing marijuana, a variety of prescription medication and a digital scale.

A search of the purse of a female visitor allegedly discovered a prescription pill and a straw containing residue.

Based on the items seized from the residence, police arrested Gary Dale Hickman, 48, of Walterboro, on charges of possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of amphetamine with intent to distribute, possession of marijuana, possession of a schedule 2 narcotic, possession of a schedule 4 narcotic, possession of amphetamine, possession of a firearm with altered or obliterated serial number and a second gun offense.

The female visitor, Becky Lee Beach, 29, of Walterboro, was arrested on a charge of possession of a schedule 2 narcotic.

Loud music produces a myriad of charges

A traffic stop in the 200 block of Rivers Street the evening of Aug. 14 resulted in the driver being taken into custody on drug and weapon charges.

Walterboro Police Department officers were on Rivers Street at 10:59 p.m. on Aug. 14 when a vehicle approached, allegedly playing loud music.

When the driver was approached, he reportedly told the officers that he did not have a driver’s license — a computer check determined that his license was suspended.

The officers also said they noticed the aroma of marijuana coming from the vehicle. The driver reportedly told the officers that he was assuming responsibility for anything they found in the vehicle and told them the marijuana was in the vehicle’s console.

The passenger was asked to leave the vehicle and, when the vehicle was empty, officers reportedly discovered a handgun between the seat and the door.

A computer check on the weapon determined that it had been reported stolen from Berkeley County. It was also determined that the driver was prohibited from possession a weapon.

The search completed, officers took the driver, Alphonso G. Miller III, 25, of Walterboro, into custody to face charges of driving while under suspension, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, unnecessary noise, possession of stolen property, unlawful carrying of a pistol and possession of a firearm or ammunition by a person convicted of a violent felony.

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