A Beech Island man was detained on multiple drug charges after he was pulled over for running a stop sign on Thursday, according to the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office.
DeMarcus Garrett, 21, of Storm Branch Road, was charged with manufacture and distribution of cocaine base, simple possession of marijuana, selling or distribution of drugs near school, disorderly conduct and driving under suspension, second offense. He was placed in the Aiken County detention center, where he remained on Friday.
An officer pulled over a red Chevrolet pickup he saw roll through a stop sign at Old Cherokee Drive and Highway 421 just before 11 p.m. Thursday, according to a sheriff’s report. The officer followed the vehicle, which picked up speed and tried to evade deputies and finally stopped in the middle of a street.
Garrett told deputies he was going to his grandmother’s home. He smelled strongly of marijuana, was instead on his feet and had bloodshot eyes, the report stated. He was then detained for disorderly conduct.
In Garrett’s car, officers found two clear plastic bags containing a white rock-like substance believed to be crack cocaine, and a small bag of green leafy substance that appeared to be marijuana, police said. A check of Garrett’s license revealed it was suspended.
The incident happened less than a half-mile from Clearwater Elementary School, so Garrett faces additional charges for that, according to the report.
Teddy Kulmala covers the crime and courts beat for the Aiken Standard and has been with the newspaper since August 2012. He is a native of Williston and majored in communication studies at Clemson University.