1 arrested for trafficking cocaine

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A North Charleston man was arrested on drug possession charges after police patrolling the area deemed his presence suspicious.

Howard Laderrick Simmons, 38, of Louise Drive in North Charleston was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana and cocaine.

According to a police report, officers spotted Simmons sitting in his car in a parking lot on Attaway Street. When officers approached to ask about his presence, they noticed the brake lights come on and Simmons moving around inside the vehicle.

He then tried to pull away, the report stated.

Simmons was stopped and, when asked what he was doing in the parking lot, he told officers he was waiting on someone, but couldn't identify who they were or where they lived, the report stated.

Officers noted Simmons was unwilling to open his legs and asked about it repeatedly. Finally, Simmons admitted to having a bag of marijuana stashed between his legs.

"This is all I have. You got me," Simmons told officers as he threw the bag out of the window, the report stated.

He was arrested and officers began a complete search of his car. The search revealed a Walmart bag which contained an electronic scale, small baggies "commonly used for packing narcotics" and 12 grams of cocaine.

According to the report, Simmons was also carrying $409 in small bills. Then Simmons confessed to police that he was only selling the drug because he had been laid off from his job and used the illegal activity to provide for his family.

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