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Traffic Stop Leads to Drug Bust

web posted July 19, 2014

TRENTON A South Carolina Highway Patrolman conducting a traffic stop on Highway 191 near Airport Road Thursday afternoon noticed a strong smell of marijuana coming from the car when he made contact with the driver to explain the reason for the traffic stop. The trooper then called for the assistance of an Edgefield County Sheriff's K-9 unit that was nearby. In the end, 27-year-old Calvin Walker Holmes Jr. was found to be in possession on over 30 grams of marijuana.

When the trooper asked if there were any drugs in the car Holmes reportedly handed the trooper a small plastic bag containing approximately 3 grams of marijuana. Holmes was then asked to step out of the car and was detained.

The Sheriff's K-9 dog indicated on the driver's door and once inside the car indicated on the driver's seat and the back seat. A search found a quart Ziploc baggie containing just under an once of marijuana underneath the driver's seat. A search of the back seat found plastic containers that smelled strongly of marijuana but were empty.

The total weight of the marijuana was listed as 30.7 grams, according to an incident report on the arrest.

Holmes was charged with manufacture / distribution / possession  of marijuana with intent to distribute. He was later released on a $5,000 personal recognizance bond. Due to the felony charge, a court date is not available. Holmes will be required to make a "first appearance" in the next term of General Sessions Court in September.


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