Courtney Louise Herlong and Kevin Shane Ardis

Courtney Louise Herlong and Kevin Shane Ardis. Cannon Detention Center/Provided

For 45 minutes, North Charleston police officers watched as a black SUV drove aimlessly around closed businesses near Tanger Outlets on Friday.

It was nearly 4 a.m. and they knew something wasn't right.

"The vehicle was driving around with no purpose and was traveling around closed businesses," according to a police report released Friday afternoon. 

The report lays out what happened as the officers stopped the driver, discovering more than $100,000 in cash and a large amount of narcotics inside.

The SUV, a black Dodge Durango, sped away when the officers first pulled behind it, the report stated. After a short chase, the driver stopped.

Inside were two Manning residents, Courtney Louise Herlong and Kevin Shane Ardis.

When Ardis, the passenger, went to grab paperwork from the glove compartment, one of the officers heard the sound of glass pipes used to smoke methamphetamine, the report stated.

A search of the vehicle yielded 0.89 ounces of meth, 0.85 ounces of marijuana and three pills later identified as amphetamines, the report stated. A pair of glass pipes containing meth residue were found in the glove compartment.

Then officers found a safe, got the key from Herlong and found $102,569 of cash inside, the report stated.

Herlong, a 40-year-old resident of Gib Drive, and Ardis, a 33-year-old resident of Fairfield Road, were each charged with trafficking methamphetamine, the report stated. Herlong was also charged with possessing Schedule II narcotics and second offense of possessing marijuana.

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Gregory Yee covers breaking news and public safety. He's a native Angeleno and previously covered crime and courts for the Press-Telegram in Long Beach, CA. He studied journalism and Spanish literature at the University of California, Irvine.