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by The Press and Standard | April 21, 2016 5:00 am
Last Updated: April 20, 2016 at 1:15 pm
Noise complaint shuts down meth lab
A member of the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office ended up shutting down an alleged methamphetamine cooking operation the morning of April 15.
The deputy arrived at a home in the 3100 block of Sidneys Road April 15 shortly after 6 a.m. to talk to the resident about a noise complaint. Someone had been concerned about the sounds of two men arguing.
The officer asked the two occupants of the home to come out onto the porch to talk about the complaint.
As they exited the home, they left the front door open. According to the officer’s report, he could see through the open door what appeared to be a methamphetamine lab sitting on a table.
He asked the subjects what the items were and was reportedly told that it was a bong for smoking marijuana.
The officer secured the two suspects and went inside. He allegedly found the equipment used to manufacture meth, as well as a quantity of methamphetamine and marijuana.
The discovery led to the arrest of Jonathan S. Fillers, 20, of 3126 Sidneys Road and Matthew T. Hickman, 21, of 11260 Cottageville Highway, Cottageville, on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, improper disposal of methamphetamine waste and possession of marijuana.
Traffic stop ends with drug arrests
The driver and three occupants of a vehicle pulled over on a traffic stop early Friday morning were taken into custody on drug charges.
An officer on routine patrol April 15 at approximately 1:55 a.m. reportedly saw the car weaving in and out of its lane and pulled the vehicle over at South Jefferies Boulevard and Cypress Drive.
When the officer went up to the driver’s side window to obtain the driver’s license, he reportedly smelled marijuana.
A computer check showed that the driver’s license was suspended. While the first officer interviewed the driver, a second officer began talking to the three occupants to determine if any of them had a valid driver’s license. That officer also reportedly smelled marijuana.
The occupants were then removed from the vehicle and the officers began to search the car.
A .40 caliber handgun was discovered under the driver’s seat, and a box of .40 caliber ammunition and a digital scale were reportedly found under the front passenger seat.
As the search moved back to the trunk, officers reportedly found a bookbag that contained five plastic bags of marijuana, a white box that contained a bong for smoking marijuana and a small yellow container that contained an unknown brown substance. The car search also yielded a box containing empty plastic bags.
The discovery led to the arrest of the driver, Thomas Jordan Leitch, 20, of Summerville, on charges of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, driving while under suspension and unlawful carrying of a pistol.
The three occupants, Christopher M. Hestir, 17, of North Charleston, Cody A. Blewer, 18, of Summerville and Devante L. Smith, 17, of Summerville were also taken into custody on a charge of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.
Two injured at Crosby Street party
Members of the Walterboro Police Department were called to a loud party in the 100 block of Crosby Street Saturday at 11:16 p.m.
They arrived to find a large group of people in the home’s yard yelling and screaming.
Among the crowd was a 50-year-old Walterboro woman who had sustained a severe laceration to her left forearm. She told the office that she was cut as she attempted to break up an altercation, but refused to identify who was involved in the dispute.
The resident of the home, a 32-year-old Walterboro woman, also refused to give police the particulars of the incident.
Officers also located a 35-year-old Walterboro man who was bleeding from severe cuts on the left side of his neck, left side of his back and his right forearm.
After arriving at the Colleton County Medical Center to have his wounds treated, the man said that he had allegedly been involved in a dispute with the female resident of the home.
He tried to leave, but his car bottomed out in the yard. When he got out of his vehicle, the man told police, the female resident attacked him with what he believed to be a razor.
The incident remains under investigation.
Gunshots hit nightclub
A member of the Colleton County Sheriff’s office was sent to the Classics Club at 2444 Robertson Blvd. Sunday at 3:52 a.m. after employees of the business reported the building being under fire.
The deputy was told that employees were working at the club when they heard popping noises outside and bullets starting coming into the bar.
One of the shots hit a container one of the employees was holding and another flattened a tire on a car parked in the lot.