Police Blotter: Aroma leads to drug arrest

  • Monday, March 11, 2013


Georgetown County investigators say it was the smell that led them to arrest a man on drug charges in the Sampit community this week.
Anthony Brent Armstead, 24, of 2107 Lincoln Street, Georgetown, was arrested at about 3:30 a.m. Monday at Browns Sugar Shack at the intersection of Powell Road and Saints Delight Road, according to Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Carrie Cuthbertson.
Deputies observed a large crowd and the odor of marijuana at that club and conducted a foot patrol of the parking lot and noticed in plain view of one of the vehicles multiple bindles of what appeared to be heroin, Cuthbertson said.
 After a brief period, Armstead exited the club and unlocked and entered the vehicle. A total of what appeared to be 12 heroin bindles were located.
Also found, said Cuthbertson, was what appeared to be a marijuana blunt.
Armstead was taken into custody without incident and charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute Heroin and Simple Possession of Marijuana.

Man charged after castration threat

A 53-year-old Pennyroyal Road man was arrested after causing problems inside Portifino’s on Front Street March 2.
Two men who were at the bar said the suspect was intoxicated when he walked in and started “hanging all over” one of the men while repeatedly using a vulgar term towards the victim.
The suspect then pulled out a knife and handed to the man who was with the victim and told the man to use the knife to castrate the victim.
The man handed the knife back to the drunk suspect and told him to put it away.
The suspect continued to call the victim derogatory names.
The man then stood up and pushed the suspect, causing him to fall into a table.
The owner told the suspect to leave, which he did.
He walked to the boardwalk and stared at the victim through a window.
When police arrived they found the suspect in the Big Tuna and took him into custody, charged with disorderly conduct.

AHS explosion

A 15-year-old Andrews High student was arrested after causing an explosion in the school’s welding shop.
The incident occurred Feb. 12 but the report was not released until March 1.
The report states the student caused the explosion by placing acetylene gas into a plastic bottle and igniting the bottle with a welding machine.
The report states the student had been warned that conducting such an experiment could not only cause damage to the equipment and building but could also cause severe body injuries.
There were other students in the class who witnessed the incident.
The teen was charged with disturbing schools.

Fake pizza dough

A Domino’s Pizza deliverer said he was paid with a counterfeit $20 by a customer on Jessica Drive March 1.
The driver said he did not realize the money was fake until he returned to the store on North Fraser Street.
A deputy drove to the home of the customer who said he had no idea the money was not real. He said he does not know where he received the bill.
The man then gave the deputy another $20 bill, which he said was real, and asked that it be taken to Domino’s.
The deputy took the money to the restaurant.

Stolen meds

A 71-year-old man from Underwood Drive in Murrells Inlet said he thinks someone stole his Xanex pills from his mailbox.
The man was supposed to receive the medication in the mail but when it never arrived he checked the tracking. Computer records show the pills were delivered Feb. 22.
There are no suspects.

Information is subject to change as the investigation proceeds. Individuals arrested and/or charged have not been convicted.
— Compiled by Scott Harper

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