Man accused of trafficking marijuana

Fogel

A routine traffic stop led to the arrest of one man and the seizure of about 100 pounds of marijuana, the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office said Friday.

About 12:30 p.m. Thursday, a deputy pulled over a car on Interstate 26 near the 198 mile marker for making an improper lane change, said Dan Moon, public information officer for the sheriff's office.

The driver consented to a search of the car, but not its trunk, Moon said. Deputies called for a drug-sniffing dog who alerted on the trunk, giving deputies probable cause to search it.

Inside, deputies found 16 bags of marijuana with a total weight of about 15.5 pounds, Moon said.

Roberto Durran Fogel, 26, of Morgan Avenue, North Charleston, was arrested and charged with trafficking marijuana over 10 pounds but less than 100 pounds, Moon said.

Berkeley County deputies, accompanied by Charleston County sheriff's deputies, later searched Fogel's home and found another 20.5 pounds of marijuana, Moon said.

He was taken to the Hill-Finklea Detention Center Thursday, but he may have been transferred to Charleston County, where he faces additional charges.

The investigation led to another vehicle being stopped Thursday afternoon in the parking lot of the Walmart on Dorchester Road in Oakbrook by members of the Summerville-Dorchester Metro Narcotics Team.

Two men who were in the car ran away and were being sought by police, Moon said. Investigators know the identities of the two men, he said.

A search of that car led to the seizure of another 67 pounds of marijuana, Moon said.

The total street value of the seized marijuana is approximately $122,000, Moon said.

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