Cops: Suspect caught using rice to conceal $500 worth of heroin

Cops: Suspect caught using rice to conceal $500 worth of heroin

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A 23-year-old West Ashley man was arrested Tuesday night after he was caught trespassing in an apartment complex with approximately $500 worth of heroin concealed in a bag of rice, according to Charleston police.

According to an incident report, a vehicle was stopped inside St. Andrews Gardens Apartments around 6:30 p.m. after the suspect, Jerod Shariff Gladden, was spotted not wearing a seatbelt. Gladden was placed under arrest after a records check revealed he was put on criminal trespass at the apartment complex on November 13 2013.

While searching Gladden, police say a white plastic bag containing over half a pound of uncooked white rice fell from inside his pants, which Gladden claimed he was carrying for someone else.

Inside the bag of rice, police reportedly found two rubber-banded packages, each holding 10 individually wrapped bindles containing 0.02 grams of heroin. Police say there was a total of 0.4 grams of heroin, worth approximately $500.

Officers say they also found $899 in cash in Gladden's pockets.

Gladden was arrested and charged with trespassing and possession with intent to distribute heroin.

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