DSS take custody of children after drugs found at West Ashley home

Doris McCollin
Doris McCollin
Abraham Varns
Abraham Varns

WEST ASHLEY, SC (WCSC) - The Department of Social Services removed two children from a West Ashley home after police say they found drugs during a search of an apartment for a fugitive.

The Charleston Police Department charged 29-year-old Doris McCollin with possession of cocaine and two counts of unlawful conduct towards a child.

On Thursday afternoon, officers responded to Sequoia Street in reference to a citizen reporting a fugitive at an apartment in the area. Police say when officers knocked on the door to the apartment, they heard a woman yell at a child not to open the door.

After officers knocked on the door for a third time, McCollin opened the door. Authorities say when officers asked if Abraham Varns, a wanted man, was inside the home, McCollin hesitated and then said that no one else was in the apartment.

A police report states a child then told the officer that Varns was upstairs. When the officer asked McCollin who was upstairs, McCollin said,"I don't know what his name is but he goes by P-nut."

Authorities say McCollin said,"I'm afraid, he has drugs in here."

McCollin told officers that the drugs were marijuana and cocaine. Investigators then searched the home, but Varns was not inside. Officers say they found a screen knocked out of a bedroom window.

Police say McCollin directed investigators to a small white plastic bag containing a white powdery substance and an open cigar wrapper containing a green leafy substance. DSS responded to the location and took custody of two children that were found at the home.

Jail records indicate Varns was arrested on Friday and charged with defrauding an innkeeper, possession of cocaine and simple possession of marijuana.

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