Police: Woman took drugs from man's vehicle during traffic stop

GOOSE CREEK, SC (WCSC) - Police charged a man with marijuana trafficking and are expected to charge a woman following an unusual traffic stop on Wednesday.

Officers with the Goose Creek Police Department stopped a vehicle in a Burger King parking lot on N. Goose Creek Boulevard around 4:15 p.m.  The driver, 23-year-old Jerome Simmons, tried to run away but was apprehended a short time later.

While officers were dealing with Simmons, police say a woman who had driven up to the scene went into the suspect's car and began removing bags full of marijuana.  Police say the woman, 22-year-old Takeya Simmons, left one pound of marijuana behind.

A citizen near the scene was able to give a description of the woman's car and a little later on an off-duty Moncks Corner policeman saw a vehicle matching the description in the parking lot of the Sun Trust Bank on St. James Avenue.

Goose Creek police arrived on the scene and questioned the 22-year-old, who admitted that she came to the traffic stop after being called by the elder Simmons.  She told police that she took the marijuana back to her home on Hollywood Drive and after a subsequent search, investigators discovered over 10 pounds of marijuana and over $8800 in cash and two guns.

Jerome Simmons is charged with resisting arrest, trafficking marijuana, possession with intent to distribute marijuana, and conspiracy to engage in trafficking marijuana.  He is being held in the Berkeley County Detention Center under a $30,000 bond.

Takeya Simmons is not in custody at this time but warrants are being issued for her arrest, police said.

The investigation is ongoing.

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