The War on Drugs in South Carolina has led to the arrest of several defendants after a drug interdiction effort along two local thoroughfares. Officials say the interdiction efforts focused on Interstate 85 and Highway 11. During that April 3 event, seven felony arrests were made, 16 vehicles were searched, and 64 traffic citations and warnings were issued to motorists in Oconee County.
This particular interdiction effort shows the consequences that can arise for South Carolina drivers who are pulled over for even a simple traffic stop. In several cases, K-9 units were used to conduct free-air sniffs, which allowed them to identify potential illegal substances in defendants' vehicles. Narcotics agents facilitated these searches as the drivers were pulled over for simple violations. In one case, a motorist was found to be driving without proof of registration or insurance; a drug search was conducted after a needle was found in his pocket.