Two people were arrested late Tuesday night after agents with the Greenwood County Drug Enforcement Unit discovered large amounts of marijuana in their possession.
According to reports from the Greenwood Police Department, DEU agents were performing surveillance on North Street after receiving complaints of drug activity in the area. Shortly before midnight, agents observed a car pull up at 411 North St. and two men exit the vehicle. The two men stayed inside the residence for about 30 minutes before exiting, one of them carrying a white bag that he did not have when he entered.
According to the reports, the vehicle left the residence and headed toward E Sproles Avenue. The vehicle disregarded the stop sign and DEU agents performed a traffic stop. As an officer approached the car, the driver, later identified as Willson Barlow Fisher, 25, of 612 Willard Rd., exited the vehicle and approached the officer, saying he needed to use the restroom “really bad.” Fisher denied there was anything illegal in the car and told the officer that he could not search the vehicle. The officer located a bag containing about 3.6 grams of a substance believed to be marijuana in Fisher’s pocket during a terry frisk. The DEU’s drug-sniffing dog “Argo” was brought to the vehicle and the dog gave an alert of the vehicle. The white bag was located in the trunk and it contained approximately 386 grams of a substance believed to be marijuana inside. Fisher was arrested and charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana.
According to the reports, agents then obtained a search warrant for the residence which Fisher had visited prior to bringing out the white bag. After identifying themselves and receiving no response, agents entered the residence through the unlocked front door. In one of the bedrooms, agents located Matthew Thomas Emily, 22, in bed. Emily appeared to be sleeping and the agent shouted, “Police!” twice with no response from Emily. The agent then placed handcuffs on Emily’s left wrist after which Emily attempted to strike the agent with his closed right fist. Emily then stood up on the bed and was assisted to the ground by the agent and handcuffed.
According to the reports, a search with the drug dog was conducted in the house, locating two plastic bags and a mason jar containing 198 grams of a substance believed to be marijuana. A plant believed to be a marijuana plant was located in the basement. Agents also seized a safe and a set of digital scales. Emily was arrested and charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana.
Fisher was arrested last December after police reportedly found him in possession of more than four pounds of marijuana, more than 60 mushrooms typically used as a hallucinogenic and more than 160 grams of hashish. Fisher was charged with three counts of possession of controlled substance with intent to distribute and released on a personal recognizance bond the following day. Fisher and Emily both had their bond set at $5,000 cash or surety. They both posted bond and were released Wednesday morning.