Berkeley deputy’s foot pursuit leads to drugs, guns, arrests

A drug stop early Saturday in Berkeley County resulted in a foot pursuit that grew into a confrontation involving a Molotov cocktail and ended in five arrests, according to the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office.

A press release from Chief Deputy Mike Cochran states that a deputy observed a drug transaction in front of 362 Rutt Lane in Goose Creek in the early morning hours. He approached the involved subjects, but they took off running. A subject was found near a shed behind a Rutt Lane home along with marijuana and drug paraphernalia in plain sight inside the shed, along with a strong odor of marijuana, according to Cochran.

The Narcotics Unit helped with obtaining a warrant for the shed. While deputies waited for the warrant, multiple family members and friends of the detained man began to surround the deputies and attempt to intimidate them, according to the chief deputy. Rapid gunfire was heard several lots a way.

The homeowner came outside and began questioning the actions of the deputy, the report said, while at the same time an unknown person threw a Molotov cocktail at the shed, setting it on fire. Deputies quickly extinguished the fire, and the homeowner was taken into custody after becoming aggressive toward the deputies, according to the report.

After the search warrant arrived and was served, six pounds of marijuana, 4.19 ounces of cocaine, .49 ounces of crack cocaine, drug paraphernalia, and four guns — one of which was stolen — were seized, according to Cochran. Four people were arrested for disorderly conduct and one for resisting law enforcement during the execution of a search warrant.

The investigation is continuing, Cochran stated, adding that Sheriff S. Duane Lewis said he was pleased by the deputies’ work. “Rutt Lane has been a problem location for a long time and it is a shame that the actions of a few take away the peace and tranquility of a neighborhood for many. I hope that those who choose to be on the wrong side of the law think twice before they continue their dealings here in Berkeley County.”