A Salley man is facing drug charges after being pulled over following a shoplifting incident in Aiken, according to the Aiken Department of Public Safety.
Charlie Sams IV, 33, of Poplar Street, was charged with shoplifting and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, and was cited for reckless driving and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was placed in the Aiken County detention center where he remained on Thursday afternoon.
According to a report, a shoplifting suspect at Walmart on Whiskey Road left the store in a white GMC pickup that was spotted on Dougherty Road on Sunday. An off-duty officer followed the vehicle the driver of which was reportedly driving erratically, passing through red lights and driving at a high rate of speed. The vehicle almost struck a pedestrian at one point.
The driver of the truck threw a zippered pouch from the window and continued on, according to the report. The officer stopped and recovered the pack, and later learned that another officer pulled the truck over at McDonald’s.
“When I asked Mr. Sams if he had been involved in a shoplifting, he claimed he had not stolen anything from Walmart, though no mention of Walmart had been made by officers on the scene,” the reporting officer wrote in a statement.
In the pouch recovered from Whiskey Road, officers found two empty syringes, two syringes loaded with a clear liquid, a spoon and a glass pipe with burned residue in it, according to the report.
Inside the vehicle was a second pouch containing nine empty syringes, a bottle of artificial tears, a digital scale, several empty plastic bags and a plastic bag containing a white powdery substance along with a capsule packed with a white powdery substance, according to the report.
Officers also found a Walmart bag containing several items with no receipt, according to the report.
At Public Safety headquarters, a small amount of the white powdery substance was subjected to a test kit, which yielded a positive result for the presence of methamphetamine.
Teddy Kulmala covers the crime beat for the Aiken Standard. He is a graduate of Clemson University and hails from Williston.