Suspected drug dealer arrested following traffic stop

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A suspected drug dealer was arrested following a traffic stop in downtown where officers say they found heroin.

The Charleston Police Department charged 32-year-old Allan Riley Holmes Jr. with possession with intent to distribute heroin, careless driving and expired tags.

On Dec. 26, officers responded to the area of America and Drake streets in reference to numerous citizen complaints of drug and weapons violations. Investigators say when authorities arrived at the location they spotted Holmes walking between two city housing residential buildings.

Authorities then spotted Holmes in a car with expired tags crossing the center line on Chapel and Elizabeth Street and initiated a traffic stop.

An incident report states that Holmes told the officer,"I already have a ticked for the expired tags that my wife got."

Police say Holmes then began to talk at a high rate of speed about topics not related to the traffic stop and was acting in a nervous manner. According to investigators, due to Holmes suspicious behavior, he was asked to get out of the car.

When officers asked if Holmes and any weapons or any type of illegal contraband, Holmes said,"No, I don't have anything on me, you can search me."

Officers say they found 12 small clear plastic bags with heroin in Holmes pants pocket. Police confiscated the drugs and arrested Holmes.

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