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Two Traffic Stops Result in Five Drug Arrests

web posted July 28, 2014

EDGEFIELD Five people have been arrested following two separate traffic stops on Friday and Saturday nights in Edgefield. The first took place just after 10 pm on Friday after an Edgefield Police Officer spotted a dark colored Jeep 4-door traveling at a high rate of speed. The driver turned off of Bauskett Street into a gravel lot, then onto Jeter Street and then ran the stop sign while turning back onto Bauskett Street and fled at a high rate of speed.

The officer was able to stop the SUV at the corner of Brooks Street and informed the driver of the reason for the traffic stop. While talking to the driver, identified as Jonathan Chris Ricks, 33, of Greenwood, the officer noted the strong smell of alcohol and marijuana coming from inside the car.

The officer called for back up units, including one of the Edgefield County Sheriff's Office's K-9 units. Once additional units were on the scene, the driver gave permission for officers to search the car, stating there was noting inside. A deputy had the passenger, Elizabeth Gail Fallaw, 28, also of Greenwood, to step out of the car so the search could be conducted.

As a result of the search, officers found a cup with a cold mixed drink with ice, a rolled marijuana cigarette under the passenger front seat, and a pill, identified as Hydrocodone, was found between the driver's seat and the center console. Both Ricks and Fallaw denied knowing anything about the drugs. Ricks did claim ownership of the mixed drink.

Ricks failed sobriety tests and later blew a .11 on a breathalyzer test and was charged with DUI and the ABC violation for the open container. Ricks and Fallaw were charged with possession of the drugs on two additional charges.

Saturday night an Edgefield Police Officer noticed a green vehicle traveling up Buncombe Street towards the town square with no tag lights and a brake light out and made a traffic stop as the car turned on to Simpkins Street around 9 pm.

When the officer approached the front passenger window and the window was rolled down, a strong smell of marijuana came from inside he car. Another officer arrived to help with the traffic stop due to three people being inside the vehicle.

The driver, Jaquon Vontez Calliham, 21, of Edgefield, gave permission for officer's to search the vehicle which resulted in the discovery of a quantity of marijuana rolled up in aluminum foil and additional marijuana found in two of the rear passenger seat ashtrays.

One of the passengers, Deontay Alonzo Jackson, 22, of Johnston, claimed ownership of the marijuana found in the foil, but denied owning the rest of the marijuana found. Calliham and the other passenger, Latraz Shamon Pressley, 22, also of Edgefield, both denied the marijuana was theirs.

All three were arrested for simple possession of marijuana and transported to the Edgefield County Detention Center for booking.

All the drugs found in both stops were seized as evidence. No court dates were available.

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