By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer
(Walhalla, SC)——————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested five individuals over the weekend on a variety of drug charges during routine road patrol and enforcement operations.
Officers were able to seize from the five arrests a grand total of around 28.29 grams of Methamphetamine and around 40 prescription pills.
The following individuals were arrested over a time period from the lunch hour on Friday, June 5th thru the early evening hours of Sunday, June 7th.
• 48 year old Howard Eugene Johnson of Sirrine Street in Seneca. Johnson was arrested by deputies after a deputy was asked by a family member to speak with Johnson concerning car keys that needed to be brought to the family member. Johnson was discovered at an address on Lonsdale Street on the Utica Mill Hill. The deputy noticed a syringe tucked behind Johnson’s ear with some liquid inside. After placing Johnson in investigative detention and asking if Johnson had anything illegal on his person, Johnson revealed that he had a pipe in his pocket. A further search revealed two baggies with pills inside of them and a black bag was discovered around his waist containing more narcotics. Johnson was placed under arrest and transported to the Oconee County Detention Center. On two separate occasions, the arresting officer asked Johnson if he had anything on his person before he went to jail. While inside the jail, a small baggy containing a crystal like substance fell out of Johnson’s pocket. Around 14 prescription pills were seized as well as around 1.48 grams of Methamphetamine in the arrest. Johnson has been charged with one count of possession of Methamphetamine, two counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance (one for Sulfate and one for Phentermine) and one count of Possession of Contraband in a Detention Facility. Johnson was booked into the Detention Center around 12:29pm Friday afternoon. Johnson is still being held at the Detention Center this morning on a $40,000 surety bond.
• 22 year old Thomas James-Christian Dean of Terrier Lane in Westminster and 29 year old Jonathan Mac Phillips of Elizabeth Road in Westminster were arrested after traffic stop late Saturday evening on West-Oak Highway and Cross Roads Drive due to a vehicle having an obstructed license plate. The deputy observed the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle and asked Phillips, the driver, for consent to search the vehicle, which was granted. The deputy discovered a bag with a white crystal like substance in the middle of the front seat, which both individuals denied was theirs. After both individuals were placed in investigative detention, drug paraphernalia fell from the mid-section area of Dean. Both Phillips and Dean were arrested and charged in warrants with possession of Methamphetamine and Dean was issued a Uniform Traffic Ticket for a violation of the County Drug Paraphenalia Ordinance. Around 0.2 grams of Methamphetamine was recovered. Phillips was booked into the Detention Center around 11:05pm Saturday while Dean was booked in the same day around 11:17pm. Dean is still being held as of late this morning at the Detention Center on a $5,500 surety bond while Phillips also remains in custody on a $5,000 surety bond.
• 42 year old Brantley Keith Black of Shady Lane in Westminster and 39 year old Douglas John Edmond of Timberlake One Circle in Seneca. A deputy was dispatched late Sunday afternoon to Applewood Shopping Center in Seneca in reference to Black, who had five outstanding arrest warrants, reportedly sitting in a truck in the parking lot. After arriving on the scene with a Seneca Police Officer providing assistance, Black was identified and placed under arrests on the five outstanding warrants. During a search of Black incident to arrest, Black asked the driver of the truck, Edmond, for a cigarette. Edmond handed the cigarettes to the Seneca officer, who opened the box and discovered two capsules with a substance believed to be Methamphetamine inside. A search of the truck revealed a black box on the front seat between the passenger and driver’s side that had drugs inside which Black told the deputy were his. A further search revealed a bottle of prescription medication under the front driver’s seat where Edmond was sitting. Both individuals were placed under arrest and transported to the Oconee County Detention Center and booked in around 6:49pm and 7:31pm respectively. A grand total of around 26.79 grams of Methamphetamine was seized as well as 13 prescription pills. The five outstanding warrants on Black were four from the Sheriff’s Office charging Black with four counts of Distribution of Methamphetamine and were obtained in 2014 as well as a Westminster Municipal Bench Warrant. The three new warrants obtained today charge Black with one count of Trafficking in Methamphetamine and two counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance (one for Methadone Hydrochloride and one for Alprazolam). Black also has two warrants charging him with Probation Violations. Edmond has been charged with Possession of Methamphetamine. Bond has yet to be set for Black and Edmond.