Investigators recover guns and drugs

On December 19 at 10:30 p.m., Darlington County Sheriff’s Drug Enforcement Unit Investigators were in the Lamar area on Bay Branch Road. Investigators viewed a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed and crossing the centerline. Investigators initiated a traffic stop.

The driver gave Investigators consent to search the vehicle. A .45 caliber Taurus handgun was discovered in the pants pocket of a passenger. Inside the vehicle, investigators located a 9mm caliber Ruger, a glass jar containing 31.1 grams of marijuana and a plastic baggie containing 3.5 grams of marijuana. An infant child who was in the vehicle was released to a family member.

Investigators arrested Edward Latrey Thomas, 24, of Lamar, Abraham Ervin, 28, of Lamar, and Anita Jalisa Keels, 22, Georgia. Thomas and Ervin were charged with unlawful possession of a pistol and possession with intent to distribute marijuana. Both have been released on a $6,500 bond. Keels was charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana and was released on a $5,000 bond.

Author: Duane Childers

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