An Aiken man was detained on multiple drug charges after a shoplifting attempt at a Richland Avenue store on Thursday, according to the Aiken Department of Public Safety.


James Carl Brown, 31, of Hillsboro Drive, was charged with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine within a half mile of a school, possession of marijuana second offense and possession of drug paraphernalia.


Samantha Swearingen, 22, was charged with shoplifting.


Brown and Swearingen were placed in the Aiken County detention center, where they remained on Friday afternoon.


Officers were called to a shoplifting in progress at Walmart on Richland Avenue on Thursday. A female suspect reportedly concealed several items on herself. She and a male suspect were pushing a cart full of items.


An officer approached the suspects and asked them to follow him to the loss prevention office, the report stated. The suspects then split up; the male ducked behind a product display and the female pushed the shopping cart toward the exit, according to the report. They were both detained.


The female tried to take yoga pants, panties, a bra and lighter fluid, the report stated. The male suspect had a small bag of green, plant-like material in one of his pockets. He also had a plastic tube that appeared to be burned on both ends, which he said was used for “smoking dope,” police said


While being searched at the detention center, officers found two bags containing a white, powder-like substance where Brown had been seated, police said. The substance tested positive for methamphetamine.


Police: Two jailed for drugs, shoplifting