NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Undercover police officers arrested a suspected drug dealer following a foot chase in North Charleston Wednesday evening.
The North Charleston Police Department charged 22-year-old Phillip Rodney Mallard with possession and distribution of marijuana within a half mile of a school or park, unlawful carrying of a pistol and resisting arrest.
On Wednesday evening, the NCPD S.P.E.E.D team conducted an undercover operation where officers posed as drug buyers. At 5:45 p.m., officers made contact with a man on a bicycle, later identified as Mallard, at the intersection of Twitty Street and Russeldale Avenue.
Police say an undercover police officer told Mallard that he wanted to buy $20 worth of marijuana. The officer said Mallard then asked for his phone number and to wait from him to call.
A few minutes later, Mallard called and told the officers to meet him back at Dyson apartments.
According to investigators, officers then met Mallard who approached the officers and gave one of the officers a clear plastic bag containing a green plant like material in exchange for $20.
Mallard then told officers that he had "Molly," cocaine and pills. Officers say they then purchased a "Molly" capsule. Other police officers in an unmarked van say they saw the transaction and arrived to take Mallard into custody.
Authorities say as officers left the vehicle to arrest Mallard, Mallard fled the area. A police report states that as Mallard was running, he dropped a loaded 9mm pistol near the ditch line, then ran into an apartment on Twitty Street where authorities arrested him.
Police say they found a clear plastic bag containing a green plant like material weighing 1.7 grams on Mallard.