Agents with the Greenwood Drug Enforcement Unit arrested two men Wednesday after observing what they believe was a drug transaction behind McAllister’s Deli. One of the men was found in possession of ecstasy.
According to reports from the Greenwood County Sheriff’s Office, DEU agents received a tip that someone was selling marijuana out of the back of McAlister’s Deli, located at 529 Bypass 72 NW. Agents were performing surveillance around 10 a.m. when they observed a vehicle pull up behind the restaurant. Agents then saw a man emerge from the back door and appear to make a transaction with the driver of the vehicle before the vehicle drove off.
According to the reports, agents initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle on Grace Street near Blake Street. When questioned by agents, the driver, identified as Sammie Culbreath, 34, of 202 Sullivan St., admitted to purchasing marijuana and indicated it was underneath the driver’s seat of the vehicle. Agents found a plastic baggie containing 14.7 grams of a substance believed to be marijuana. A further search of the vehicle yielded a Bayer aspirin bottle containing 14 tablets shaped like a Transformer symbol. One of the tablets was broken and it field tested positive for methylenedioxy-methamphetamine, or MDMA, popularly known as ecstasy.
According to the reports, agents the returned to McAllister’s Deli to question the individual seen passing the marijuana to Culbreath, which they had identified as Derrick Tervoris Moore, 30, of 307 Acorn Lane. Agents entered both the front and rear of the store. One agent identified himself to Moore and asked to speak to a manager. Moore then made his way to the bathroom where he was able to flush a bag containing a substance believed to be marijuana down the toilet after pulling away from an agent in the restroom.
Culbreath was arrested and charged with driving under suspension, simple possession of marijuana and possession of ecstasy. Moore was arrested and charged with distribution of marijuana, obstruction of justice and resisting arrest.