By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer
(Walhalla, SC)——————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested an Akron, Ohio man yesterday on drug charges near Seneca.
32 year old Brandon Todd Stewart, whose address according to warrants is West Exchange Unit 1, was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 3:38pm.
According to deputies from the Uniformed Patrol Division, dispatchers received a call from a business on Sandifer Boulevard concerning a red truck with a male and female inside acting suspiciously. One of the employees reported that the female, who was the driver, got out of the vehicle and defecated on the bank property. A BOLO was issued for a red Dodge Truck.
Soon thereafter, employees from another Seneca area business called regarding a female who ran into the restroom of the business with a male still inside the vehicle acting suspiciously. The description given of the vehicle matched the description of the vehicle given in the BOLO.
Deputies arrived and spoke with Stewart, who acted nervously. Deputies asked Stewart for consent to search the vehicle but Stewart denied consent, saying that the owner of the vehicle was inside.
Paramedics were called to the scene to check on the female. The female gave deputies consent to search the vehicle. Upon the search, deputies discovered a small can that contained two baggies of what appeared to be methamphetamine inside a black purse.
The female was transported to Oconee Memorial Hospital while Stewart was arrested and transported to the Oconee County Detention Center.
Warrants obtained earlier today charge Stewart with Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine.
The amount of meth discovered was around 4.5 grams, according to deputies.
According to deputies investigating the case, warrants will be obtained today against the female, 48 year old Teresa Diane Durham, on charges of Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine. Durham will be served the warrant once she is released from the hospital, according to deputies.