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Traffic Stop Leads to Two Drug Arrests

web posted April 18, 2014

EDGEFIELD An Edgefield County Sheriff's Deputy on routine patrol on Highway 25 north of Edgefield when he spotted a Dodge truck with a non-working tag light. The deputy initiated a traffic stop on the Bypass in Edgefield at Rosa Hill Street to inform the driver of the infraction. However, when he approached the vehicle the driver and passenger began acting very nervous and a nearby K-9 unit was called to assist in the traffic stop.

The deputy asked the driver, 61-year-old Charlie Hartley, and the passenger 35-year-old Mack Mandell Surry to step out of the vehicle. According to an incident report, both continued to exhibit very nervous behavior. Mack, was taken into investigative custody and when a pat-down for weapons was attempted he continually tried to stick his boot under the patrol car. Fearing he had a weapon, he was asked to remove his boots.

When he did deputies discovered a "quantity" of white rock substance believed to be crack cocaine in a baggie in the boot. At that time he was placed under arrest.

Hartley agreed to allow deputies to search the truck, in which nothing was found. However, a pat-down found a baggie in his shirt pocket that also contained suspected crack cocaine. A flashlight found, when opened, contained a pipe believed to be used to smoke crack.

Narcotics investigators were also called to the scene.

Hartley and Mack were both transported to the Detention Center and booked on manufacture / distribution / possession of crack cocaine with intent to distribute charges. All of the drugs were turned over to the narcotics investigators for testing. Hartley's truck was then towed from the scene.

The case remains under investigation.

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