MONCKS CORNER - Berkeley County's Drug Enforcement Unit seized over $67,000 worth of cocaine and cocaine base, also known as "crack," and arrested three suspects who are charged with possession of illegal drugs.
Following up on complaints of drug activity at a home at 497 Nelson Ferry Road, agents arrived at the home on Nov. 10 and found three men attempting to flee the area. Walter M. Bash, 23, of 227 Mattie Road, fled from the driver's side door of a pickup truck at the residence and Curtis Shine, 26, who resides at 497 Nelson Ferry Road, was observed fleeing from the passenger side door, the department said.
Agents also saw Esau Branch, Jr., 26, of 239 Mitton Road, reportedly throw a bag of cocaine to the ground. Deputies observed a quantity of cocaine and a weight scale in the console area of the truck, the department said.
Bash was charged with two counts of trafficking cocaine and trafficking cocaine base within one-half mile of a school. Both Branch and Shine were charged with possession with intent to distribute within one-half mile of a school.