Cops: Woman caught swallowing pot at checkpoint

WALTERBORO, SC (WCSC) - Authorities arrested a woman in Walterboro Tuesday night after they allegedly caught her trying to swallow marijuana at a traffic checkpoint.

Walterboro Public Safety officers were holding a checkpoint at the corner of Green Pond Highway and Beachwood Road around 11 p.m. when Rose Mary James pulled up in a vehicle officers said had a "strong odor of marijuana."

Police said they asked James if she had been smoking marijuana, and she told them she had earlier, but she did not have any in the vehicle.

As one officer searched the vehicle, another cop asked James to open her mouth. When she did, officers said they saw marijuana on her tongue and around her gums.

James was arrested and charged with obstructing a law enforcement officer. She was taken to the Colleton County Detention Center.

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