Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Undercover police officers were watching the home of a man suspected in dealing cocaine.
They watched a man approach the house and meet with someone. After one minute, the man left on foot. His actions were consistent with a quick drug transaction, according to a police report, so the narcotics officers caught up with the man to question him.
The man became very nervous, the report said, and kept trying to put his hand in his pocket, even after being asked not to.
He was asked if he had anything illegal on him and the man hesitated and said “uuuhhh” and again tried to put his hand in his pocket.
He was asked again about having anything illegal and he admitted to having crack cocaine in his pocket, according to the report.
He gave the officer two white rocks that were sent to the lab for testing.
The man admitted he had just purchased it from the home in question. He was taken to the station for questioning and shown a lineup of six photos and was able to identify the dealer in question, the report noted.
He was later released from custody and given a ride home.
He was not charged at the time but could be charged at a later date.
Due to the information this suspect provided, a search warrant was obtained to search the house in question.
A police officer patrolling a store parking lot watched a man walk away from his vehicle late one night, leaving a woman inside. He approached the vehicle and saw that the female appeared to be hiding something.
It turns out she was just extremely intoxicated and confused, according to the report.
The officer saw an empty bottle of beer on the floorboard and asked her if there was anything illegal in the car. She told the officer she didn’t have anything and he could search the car. He began his search and found 25 gift cards and $700 in cash. She explained that she was a stripper and that’s why she had so much cash, according to the report.
As the officer spoke to the stripper, the man approached again and explained that another girl was in the car with them and she got upset about something and took off running. He said he was looking for her, because he didn’t want to leave her.
But his license was suspended, so he wasn’t driving the car anywhere, anyway. They were allowed to go to the hotel next door and rent a room so the female could sober up and drive the car home the next morning.
A police officer responded to the scene of a moped/vehicle collision. EMS was busy treating the unconscious moped driver, so the officer began looking around for witnesses. She noticed a juvenile video-taping the scene with his phone and approached him.
The officer asked the kid if he knew the victim or witnessed the accident. The kid began to laugh and said, “this is a once in a lifetime video.”
He and other juveniles were trying to get closer to the scene, the report said.
After the officer told the kids to step back, the juvenile suspect told the officer, “F you. I am going to sell this.”
At that point, the officer took the cell phone and walked the kid away from the area to calm things down. The juvenile became increasingly verbally abusive to the officer who then handcuffed him and put him in the backseat of her patrol car. Once traffic officers arrived to work the investigation, the first officer took the kid home to his father. The father said he was not at all surprised by the events, the report said. He said in addition to being 16, his son had been going through some stuff.
The phone was returned to the father, and the officer left the juvenile in his care.
A bartender had to approach a couple who had just entered the bar and ask them to leave. The female party had been banned from the bar and was not allowed in. The boyfriend, trying to be noble, then got angry, according to the police report. He threatened to go outside and “whoop” the manager’s butt. He then proceeded to dump out his beer on the bar, the report said.
He told the bartender he would be waiting outside when the manager got off work. The bartender then told the couple if they did not leave, she would call the cops. The couple finally agreed to leave but on the way out, the male party spit at the juvenile hostess.
The manager called police to have them both placed on trespass notice, and the male charged with simple assault.
A 17-year-old girl was broken down on the bridge due to a flat tire and a police officer stopped to help. He inquired about a spare tire in the trunk and the girl said she wasn’t sure if there was one. She gave the police officer permission to check the trunk. There wasn’t a spare tire, but there were two bottles of open liquor.
The girl called her dad, who owns the car, to see what she should do. He told the police officer to have the car towed.
Then, when officers questioned her about the liquor and the pack of cigarettes and butts in the front seat, she said those belonged to her dad and she was just borrowing the car.
But dad told the officer that his daughter smokes and that she probably stole the liquor from his house, according to the report.
As a result, she was cited for underage possession of alcohol and tobacco products.
A 24-year-old woman was partying downtown with some girlfriends and got a ride home with two men she met that night. They gave her some unreasonable story about not being able to drive home to their place in North Charleston, because they saw cones blocking the on-ramp to the interstate.
According to a police report, she believed them and offered them the opportunity to stay at her apartment that night.
When she woke up, however, the men were gone and so were her credit cards. She checked her bank account,and numerous transactions had been made.
The victim called police and was able to give them a name of one of the men.
She didn’t remember the other.
Police were able to locate the address of one of the suspects that matched her description. The case will remain active pending contact with the suspect and further investigation.
The Police Blotter is intended to be an informative and/or humorous column written from police reports obtained from the Mount Pleasant Police Department. Many of the stories come from the initial incident reports and, occasionally, supplemental reports. Generally, cases have not been adjudicated at the time of publication.
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