Clinton Public Safety Officer Stephen Lawton reported he was performing routine patrol on West Main Street at 2:23 Monday morning when he observed a vehicle make a left turn onto Elizabeth without signaling. He followed and made a traffic stop on Oakland Street. Officer Lawton reported that on approaching the car he could detect a strong smell of marijuana, and called for backup. A front right seat passenger was taken into investigative custody after he was observed keeping his hand in his pocket. A baggie containing marijuana was reportedly found on his person. A baggie of cocaine was reportedly located on the ground near the car. Checking video from Officer Lawton and Lt. Cathy Anderson’s car, they observed it being thrown from the car. The passenger, 24-year-old Lamarcus Rashadd Westfield of 100 Dial Street, Laurens, was jailed on a ticket charging Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and warrants were obtained for additional charges yesterday. Westfield was then charged with Possession of Cocaine with Intent to Distribute and with Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute.
Public Safety reported seizing 208.18 grams of marijuana and 8.07 grams of cocaine. $342 cash and a set of electric scales were also seized. Westfield was placed in the JohnsonDetentionCenter, and released later yesterday after posting Surety Bonds totaling $25,000.