Moncks Corner trio faces cocaine charges

Walter M. Bash (from left), Esau Branch and Curtis Shine

MONCKS CORNER -- The Berkeley County Drug Enforcement Unit on Nov. 10 seized more than $67,000 in cocaine and cocaine base, and arrested three men, sheriff's office spokesman Dan Moon said Thursday.

Following up on complaints of drug activity at a home at 497 Nelson Ferry Road, agents arrived 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, Moon 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, also known as crack, 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, Moon said.