NEWBERRY COUNTY — Two men from Newberry were arrested last week after deputies found drugs in their vehicle at a safety checkpoint being conducted on S.C. 219 by the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office and the S.C. Highway Patrol.
Rishawn Terrell Harmon, 26, of 2545 Rosalyn Drive, was charged with possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine (second offence), possession of marijuana and resisting arrest. Harmon has a prior drug conviction for distribution of cocaine, according to the NCSO.
Willie Earl Nance, 60, of 17 JB Fulmer Court, was charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Newberry County Sheriff Lee Foster said officers were at a safety checkpoint on S.C. 219 near Hillbrook Lane on Aug. 28 at about 1 a.m. when a vehicle with Harmon and Nance in it approached the check point. The officers immediately noticed a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle.
When the deputies attempt to get the suspects from the vehicle, Harmon attempted to flee on foot but was captured after a short distance.
Once he was apprehended, the deputies found approximately 2 grams of crack cocaine, a small quantity of marijuana, and $340 in money in the same pocket of his pants.
A check of Harmon’s criminal history showed he had previously been convicted of distribution of cocaine.
Deputies then searched Nance, the driver, and the vehicle and found two pills of Hydrocodone, a controlled substance, and a crack pipe that belonged to him.
Both men were taken to the Newberry County Detention Center.