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Suspected drug dealers arrested after approaching Berkeley County deputies in unmarked car

Eric Hill (L), Paul Howard (R) Berkeley County Detention Center

A law enforcement vehicle is normally pretty effective in getting drug dealers to leave an area, but it wasn't Thursday night in Ladson, according to the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office.

Berkeley County investigators say they were looking into drug complaints in the area of College Park Road and Crowfield Boulevard on Thursday night, when they spotted a suspected drug dealer.

The deputies say they drove up in an unmarked K9 vehicle as a way to encourage the person to leave the area.

Despite the dog barking, officials say the alleged dealer exited his vehicle, picked up some baggies from his trunk and then walked up and opened the rear door of the unmarked patrol car.

Deputies say the suspect then dropped the baggies on the ground and kicked them under the vehicle, saying "Oh s**t, what's up guys?"

According to the sheriff's office, the baggies contained a crystal like substance they tested to be methamphetamine.

Police arrested the driver of the car and the passenger.

The driver, Eric Hill, was charged with trafficking meth. The passenger, Howard Paul, was charged with possession.

Both were transported to the Hill Finklea Detention Center pending warrant service and bond hearings.


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