A Prosperity man is in custody charged with possession with intent to distribute heroin after being found in possession of more than a 1.5 grams of Heroin.
The Newberry County Sheriff’s Office was conducting a public safety check point on August 25 at about 1230am in the Prosperity section of Newberry County when a vehicle approached the checkpoint with a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle.
The occupants from the vehicle were asked to step out of the vehicle. When the passenger was asked from the vehicle, he became very combative with the deputies. He refused to remove his hand from his pocket and became physically combative with the deputies. After a brief struggle, the passenger was taken into custody. After he was in custody, deputies located more than 1.5 grams of heroin in the pocket from which he had refused to remove his hand. The deputies also located used syringes and other drug paraphernalia in the vehicle after the man was arrested.
“There is a serious opioid epidemic plaguing our country,” said Sheriff Lee Foster. “The use of opioids is creating a substantial risk to the public and to law enforcement not just because of the actions of those who use these drugs, but also because of how easily small amounts of this could make an innocent person seriously ill or be fatal. This must be addressed for the safety of our citizens and our law enforcement.” David George Hopkins, 22, of 127 McFall Drive, Prosperity, was arrested and charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute Heroin and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Bond will be set later today.
The driver who was identified as Ruby Nicole Ward, 21, of 127 McFall Drive, Prosperity, was charged for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.