Safety Checkpoint Results in Drug Charge

Laurens Police were conducting a traffic safety checkpoint on Church Street near Hampton Friday night with other law enforcement agencies when at 8:14 a silver Chrysler 300 approached. In making contact with the driver Officer Kanipe and Detective Hunnicutt reported detecting the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. Officer Kanipe asked the driver to put the vehicle in park and step out of the car. The driver reportedly put the vehicle in park, but as Detective Hunnicutt started to open the driver’s door he allegedly put it back into gear and accelerate. Hunnicutt reportedly entered the car and restrained the driver, pinning him to the seat and grabbing his arm to prevent him from putting the car into gear and possibly running over several officers that may have been in the vehicle’s path. Several officers, including from the Sheriff’s Office and Highway Patrol then assisted in taking the driver into custody. Officers then reported finding two clear plastic bags of marijuana, digital scales.

A passenger was allowed to go after the driver reportedly said was not involved with the marijuana.

19-year-old Corey Alize Foggie of 111 Whaley Street, Laurens was charged with Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute. In a warrant, Sgt. Pittman states that Officer Kanipe’s investigation indicates that Corey Foggie was in possession of approximately 21.20 grams of marijuana packed in separate bags on Church Street in Laurens July 25th. Corey A. Foggie was released from the Johnson Detention Center Sunday on posting a $50,000 surety bond.