ORANGEBURG, SC (WCSC) - Two Orangeburg County men face drug charges after a traffic checkpoint turned up illegal narcotics, deputies say.
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James Turner, 21, of Vance, was charged with possession with intent to distribute a Schedule IV drug; and Isreal Jamison, 75, of Holly Hill, was charged with first-offense manufacturing or distributing cocaine base and first offense possession of cocaine, Orangeburg County Sheriff's spokesman Richard Walker said.
A judge set bail at $7,500 for Turner and $10,000 for Jamison, Walker said.
Investigators were conducting a traffic checkpoint on March 8 at approximately 8:25 p.m. near the town of Vance when a man driving a 2000 Dodge Ram pulled up to the checkpoint. An incident report states an officer asked the driver, identified as Turner, about the strong smell of marijuana coming from the vehicle. Deputies say he answered that he had just smoked marijuana and that there was no more in the truck.
Deputies say the man's license was found to be suspended, and a search of the truck turned up nearly 10 grams of crack cocaine, 2.6 grams of cocaine, and another 90 pills found in a prescription bottle.
The bottle found in the truck did not list Turner or Jamison as the intended recipient for the Xanax, a medication prescribed in some cases to treat panic disorders, Walker said.
Deputies say they also confiscated a digital scale, cell phones and plastic sandwich bags from the vehicle.