February 12, 2009

Traffic Stop Results in Felony Drug Arrests

Complaints of careless and imprudent driving led a Scotland County Sheriffís Deputy to make a traffic stop that ultimately led to a pair of felony drug arrests.

The incident occurred at 1:48 p.m. on Saturday, February 7th. The sheriffís office had received a complaint of a vehicle traveling eastbound on Highway 136 toward Memphis that was being driven in a careless and imprudent manner.

The deputy was responding to the area when he passed the vehicle at the MFA Oil station as it was entering Memphis. He turned around and initiated a vehicle stop at the Oakwood Industries parking lot.

During the subsequent questioning, a number of circumstances led the officer to call for assistance for the Memphis Police Department and ultimately to seek the services of a K-9 drug unit.

During the traffic stop, the officerís canine unit made two alerts during a free air search around the car, indicating the possibility of drugs in the car.

The ensuing search of the car revealed marijuana, methamphetamine and cocaine.

The driver of the vehicle, Carmen K. Hamilton, 33, of Queen City, was taken into custody and charged with two counts of class B felony of possession of a controlled substance with the intent to distribute.

A passenger in the vehicle, Gage A. West, 23, of Centerville, IA was also taken into custody at the scene. He faces two counts of felony possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute. West also was charged with the class D felony of attempting to escape after he allegedly was able to free himself from his handcuffs and he made a failed attempt to flee from officers as he was being transported to the sheriffís office for booking.

Both individuals were booked and detained on $50,000 cash bonds.

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