A Greenwood man is facing a drug trafficking charge after police reportedly found about 25 grams of crack cocaine on him following a traffic stop.
According to a report from the Greenwood Police Department, agents with the Greenwood County Drug Enforcement Unit saw a vehicle make two turns without signaling at about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday afternoon. Agents pulled the vehicle over and immediately noticed a strong odor of marijuana. The driver, identified as Stephen Lewis Strong, 36, told police that he had a suspended license and that car was a rental. Strong gave agents permission to retrieve the rental agreement from the vehicle and agents again noticed a strong odor of marijuana.
According to the report, Strong told agents that he and the passenger, identified as Joe Lewis Nance, 34, had been smoking marijuana, but there was only a small amount left and he did not know where it was. Nance told agents that the two had been smoking marijuana, but there was none left. Agents placed Strong under arrest for driving under suspension and searched the vehicle. Agents located a set of digital scales with a white, powdery residue on them in the center console of the vehicle. A search of Nance turned up nearly $1,000 and a small bag of marijuana.
According to the report, agents told Nance he was under arrest for possession of marijuana. Nance then attempted to flee, but was only able to get about 20 yards before agents caught him. Nance continued to resist as agents attempted to handcuff him. Agents had to tase Nance before he could be handcuffed. While completing a search of Nance, agents observed a bulge in the back of his pants. Nance refused to answer when agents asked what the bulge was and continued to try to pull away from officers. Nance was placed on the ground to continue their search. Agents located a plastic bag with about 25 grams of crack in the back of Nance’s pants.
Strong has been charged with driving under suspension. Nance has been charged with resisting arrest, simple possession of marijuana, failure to stop on lawful command and trafficking crack.