Suspected drug dealer arrested following traffic stop for illegal tint

Clarence James Guillermo Pugh and Heather Renee Hess
Clarence James Guillermo Pugh and Heather Renee Hess

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The North Charleston Police Department says a 31-year-old man was arrested after he was caught dumping bundles of heroin out of a car during a traffic stop.

Authorities charged Clarence James Guillermo Pugh with trafficking heroin.

On Sunday night, police officers patrolling the area of Virginia and Buist avenues saw a car with what appeared to be illegal tint.

According to investigators, as officers pulled over the vehicle, a passenger inside the car threw out several square packages, later identified as 31 bundles of heroin weighing 10.1 grams.

Once the car stopped, officers took the passenger, Pugh, and the driver, 26-year-old Heather Renee Hess, into custody. A police report states that as officers recovered the packages that Pugh threw out, Pugh began to curse loudly.

Pugh said the packages were his and that he wanted to talk to officers. Pugh told officers that Hess had no knowledge of the heroin being in her car.

A record check revealed that Hess did not have a valid driver's license and was arrested for operating a vehicle without a valid driver's license.

Investigators say they also located a prescription pill bottle belonging to Pugh which contained several small plastic baggies.

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