Harvey Ray Ensley
Tequila Ann McAlister
Whitney Jewell Harper
By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer
(Walhalla, SC)——————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested three individuals, one male and two females, on drug charges after an early Monday morning traffic stop.
A deputy around 2:25am on routine patrol on Ebenezer Road in the West Union area observed a green in color Kia Soul cross over the white line as it turned right onto Country Junction Road. Dispatch advised the deputy that the tag on the vehicle came back suspended.
The deputy initiated a traffic stop on Country Junction Road near Powell Road and asked the driver and the passengers for their identification. The deputy noticed as lot of movement in the vehicle between the passengers.
The deputy was advised by dispatch that the driver, 58 year old Harvey Ray Ensley, had a suspended South Carolina driver’s license, upon which Ensley was arrested. Deputies were given consent to search the vehicle by Ensley.
Deputies asked the front seat passenger, 37 year old Tequila Ann McAlister and the back seat passenger, 25 year old Whitney Jewell Harper, to step out of the vehicle. Upon the search, deputies discovered a ladies coin purse in the pocket of a red jacket in a stack of clothes in the back.
The coin purse contained drug paraphernalia, according to deputies. As the investigation continued, deputies also discovered in the back a bag containing what appeared to be methamphetamine, two red pill containers that contained prescription pills, and a dark bag that appeared to contain heroin. No one in the vehicle claimed any of the drugs or paraphernalia. All three subjects were placed under arrest and the vehicle was towed.
According to deputies, around 3.23 grams of meth was discovered as well as around 0.5 gram of heroin plus almost 24 various prescription pills.
Ensley, of 125 Beaver Lake Drive in West Union, has been charged in warrants with one count of Distribution of Methamphetamine, one count of Possession of Heroin, and two counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance. Ensley was also charged with Driving under Suspension.
McAlister, of 146 River Bend Trail in Walhalla, has been charged in warrants with one count of Distribution of Methamphetamine, two counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance, and one count of Possession of Heroin.
Harper, of 212 Blue Ridge Riding Club Road in West Union, has been charged in warrants with one count of Distribution of Methamphetamine, two counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance, and one count of Possession of Heroin.
According to deputies, around $320 of meth, around $150 in prescription pills, and around $125 in heroin were seized.