3 arrested; multiple drugs & firearms charges
Three men were charged with multiple drug trafficking and firearms charges yesterday after their early morning arrest in Clinton.
Public Safety Officer Glen Sickles and Sgt. Anthony Harris were performing routine patrol in the South Broad area at 3:28 am when Officer Sickles observed a 1986 Ford Pickup leaving the Citgo store Downtown headed south on South Broad. Officers followed the F-150, noting the tag light was inoperative. The vehicle was occupied by three men. A traffic stop was made at Springdale Drive with the truck stopping in front of Clinton Elementary School. Officer Sickles and Sgt. Harris observed the passenger on the right appeared to be moving around, acting nervously and sweating profusely. The driver and middle passenger were identified as Cross Hill residents. The third passenger was initially unknown.
The driver reportedly stated he was coming from his “home boy’s house,” but could only give a first name of the “home boy” and could not give the “home boy’s” address. Lt. Jones reportedly observed a digital scale in the floor of the vehicle in plain view and the smell of marijuana.
During arrest the unknown passenger reportedly broke free and ran toward the Dollar General Parking lot across the street. As officer Sickles attempted to stop him the subject reportedly fought with the officer, striking him in the throat. Lt. Anderson arrived and assisted with a search of the pickup.
Those arrested included two men from Cross Hill, 26-year-old Manuel Eugene Cunningham Jr. of 114 Dougherty Drive and 25-year-old Jordon Jerrell Noel “Rel” Martin of 1432 Leamon Street. The third person was later identified as 34-year-old Victor Anthony Robinson of 2107 Grays Lane, Newberry. All three were charged with Trafficking in MDMA/Ecstasy, Trafficking in Cocaine and Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute. They were also charged with Possession of a Stolen Pistol, Unlawful Carrying of a Pistol and Possession of a Firearm during Commission of a Violent Crime.
Warrants obtained later yesterday by Sgt. Mercer state that the men were in possession of between 100 and 500 dosage units of purple and orange pills that field tested positive for MDMA, or Ecstasy, that they possessed between 28 and 100 grams of cocaine and that they possessed a quantity of a green leafy substance packaged for distribution that field tested positive as marijuana. The marijuana Possession with Intent to Distribute warrants also allege the possession of electronic scales commonly used in the distribution of marijuana. The firearms charges on all three subjects allege possession of a .380 caliber Diamondback handgun that was confirmed stolen from Greenville County, that the firearm was being unlawfully carried early yesterday morning in Clinton and that it was being carried during the commission of trafficking in Cocaine and Ecstasy, which are both violent crimes.
Victor Anthony Robinson of Newberry was served with two additional charges, that of Resisting Arrest with Assault on a Police Officer and with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. These warrants state that Mr. Robinson assaulted a Clinton Department of Public Safety uniformed officer by striking him in the throat and face while resisting arrest and that Robinson was in possession of one digital scale with residue near the intersection of South Broad and Springdale Drive in Clinton.
Bond was denied on all eight charges for Victor Anthony Robinson. He remained in the Laurens County Detention Center this morning, also reportedly wanted by Columbia Police and by Newberry County.
Bond was denied on the six charges served on the two Cross Hill men. Manuel Eugene Cunningham Jr. and Jordon Jerrell Noel “Rel” Martin also remained in the Laurens County Detention Center this morning.