UNION — Two people ended up in jail after allegedly arranging a drug sale through text messages sent to a person who turned out to be a sheriff’s deputy.
Jeremy Cecil Strachman, 21, 101 Vermont Ave., Spartanburg, and Ebony Nicole Foster, 23, 446 Gibbs Village Lane, Wellford, are each charged by the Union County Sheriff’s Office with possession with intent to distribute marijuana.
Strachman is also charged with possession of crack cocaine.
The incident report stated that on Tuesday morning, a deputy had in his possession a cellphone from an unrelated case when he began receiving text message asking if the owner of the cellphone needed any marijuana. The deputy then replied with several text messages arranging the purchase of 76 grams of marijuana for $275. The purchase was to take place at the 3805 Furman L. Fendley Highway in the Jonesville area.
The person who’d contacted the deputy sent a text message stating that it would take them approximately 25 minutes to arrive at the agreed on location.
Narcotics officers then went to the location and set up surveillance. A short time later, the deputy received a text message stating that his contact was about to pull into the parking lot.
A black 2004 Chevrolet Impala occupied by a man and a woman then pulled into the parking lot. Deputies then stopped the vehicle which was being driven by Foster with Strachman as the passenger.
When the deputy walked up to the passenger side of the Impala, he saw a plastic bag of marijuana in floorboard at Strachman’s feet.
Strachman refused to show his hands and kept reaching beside his left leg with his left hand. He did, however, get out of the vehicle when asked to and was placed under arrest.
Deputies found two more bags of marijuana in the passenger seat.
Strachman refused to cooperate with deputies and kept attempting to fight. He was then Tasered by one of the investigators and handcuffed.
While searching Strachman, deputies found a small plastic bag of containing a quantity of crack cocaine in his left front pocket. Deputies also seized $53 in cash from his wallet.
Foster was also placed under arrest.
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