Deputies seize drugs in 3 separate cases

Joseph Coltharp, Christopher Hayes, Edmond Franklin

Heroin, cocaine and methamphetamines were confiscated this month in three separate incidents with arrests in Berkeley County, the sheriff's office said Friday.

On Jan. 6, the sheriff's office Drug Enforcement Unit responded to a complaint of drug activity at 120 South Cranford Road in the Goose Creek area. Agents located various drug paraphernalia in the residence as well as approximately 5.2 grams of heroin. Christopher Hayes, 29, of that address was charged with trafficking heroin and unlawful possession of prescription drugs (Xanax), sheriff's office spokesman Dan Moon said.

In an unrelated incident, a search of a vehicle on Monday at a traffic stop turned up 13.5 grams of methamphetamine, Moon said. He said deputies conducting street level investigations in the area of Broughton Road near Moncks Corner stopped a vehicle that was moving erratically. Drug enforcement agents suspected that illegal drugs might be in the vehicle, and following an alert from a drug-sniffing dog, found the contraband.

Joseph Coltharp, 43, of 923 Broughton Road is charged with trafficking methamphetamine, Moon said.

Records at the Hill-Finklea Detention Center show Coltharp's bail was set at $30,000.

In another case, a gun and cocaine turned up in a vehicle stopped Thursday for an alleged traffic violation at College Park Road and U.S. Highway 17-A. Edmond Franklin, 20, of Marie Street in North Charleston, was arrested on charges of trafficking cocaine, unlawful carrying of a pistol and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime.

The firearm was found in the vehicle, and drug enforcement agents who searched Franklin found a bag of white powder which tested positive for cocaine, Moon said.

Franklin was booked at the detention center, and his bail had not been set Friday.