WEST ASHLEY, SC (WCSC) - A West Ashley woman, along with her boyfriend and another man, ended up behind bars on drug charges Sunday after police were called to the home over a domestic dispute, authorities say.
Charleston Police Department Public Information Officer Charles Francis said officers responded to 17 Argonne Street around 2:30 p.m. after receiving reports of a domestic dispute. When they arrived, 27-year-old Heather Ford answered the door and told them the argument was over and her boyfriend was leaving the house with his belongings.
Police said they detected a strong odor of marijuana emanating from the house, so they asked Ford if they could go inside, to which Ford consented.
As soon as the officers walked inside, they saw 1.5 grams of marijuana on a table in the living room and immediately arrested Ford and 21-year-old Kamall Kemar Simpson, who was also inside the home.
Francis said police were then given consent to search the house for other people and to check on the well-being of Ford's two children, who also were inside. Ford also told police that 25-year-old Corey Marquis Gice, her boyfriend, lived at the residence.
While police were searching around the home, they saw Gice walking outside, towards the back yard.
Officers approached Gice and detained him for further investigation, and a search of Gice revealed he was carrying 10 grams of marijuana, Francis said.
Special investigators then arrived to execute another search warrant, and police found 45 marijuana plants in various stages of growth, along with three pounds of marijuana, according to Francis.
Simpson and Ford were charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and Gice was charged with two counts of the same crime. Gice was also charged with simple possession of marijuana.
Ford's children were taken into custody by the Department of Social Services.
The investigation is ongoing.