What started as a standard traffic stop for driving on a suspended license, turned into a laundry list of charges for three individuals in Greenwood County, South Carolina. Among the alleged offenses were a number of drug-related charges.
The incident began when the trio of individuals -- two men and one woman -- was leaving a popular supermarket chain located on Bypass 72. Local law enforcement officers at the location recognized the two men as they had been arrested on drug charges in the past.
Upon spotting the men, the officers searched in their database to reveal that they both had a suspended license. All three individuals got in the same vehicle, with one of the men taking to the driver's seat. Knowing the man's license was no good, the officers waited for the vehicle to exit the parking lot before pulling it over.
The officers arrested the man behind the wheel for driving on a suspended license. They searched the man and retrieved a glass pipe, presumably used for smoking drugs. Going even further, police searched the vehicle to find a large bottle of vodka that was open. Some of the substance was missing from the bottle. They also spotted numerous materials they believe were used to manufacture meth. These items ranged from crystal heat drain cleaner and propane cylinders to syringes.
The two men, ages 51 and 49, faced a different set of charges, but both were charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and unlawful transportation of liquor. The 44-year-old woman who was with them faces even more charges. While she was charged with the meth and alcohol charges, she was also charged with possession of a stolen pistol, unlawful carrying of a pistol and possession of a controlled substance.
A number of factors must be sorted out before all the individuals are tied to the crime. One or more of the vehicle's occupants may have just been in the wrong place at the wrong time. These are matters that can be sorted out in court if the individuals pursue a trial.
Source: Index-Journal, "3 charged with manufacturing drugs," Jan. 15, 2013