Alert officer, K-9 leads to seizure of $13,000 in cash, over 350 grams of marijuana during traffic stop

Lucia, the K-9 officer pictured here, helped officers to locate a drug cache during a traffic stop. (Source: North Augusta Department of Public Safety)
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Friday, April 5, 2019

NORTH AUGUSTA, SC (WRDW/WAGT) -- An alert North Augusta Department of Public Safety officer's traffic stop led to the seizure of almost $13,000 in cash, drugs, and a 9mm.

According to the NADPS incident report, the officer pulled over a white truck on Thursday that had two men in the front seat. The car, according to the report, had been speeding and turning wildly through the Bradleyville Road area.

The driver, according to the report, was identified as Terrence Turmon. Turmon was known to the officer, the report said, due to "previous interactions" with him. The passenger, meanwhile, was identified as Joshua Simms.

Turmon, the report said, was nervous during the interaction with the officer and became more nervous when K-9 officer Lucia arrived.

Lucia gave several commands to the other officers who arrived on the scene that there was more to be found after Turmon, the report said, told officers he had nothing illegal in the car.

However, a search of the car netted several grams of cocaine, over 350 grams of marijuana, nearly $13,000 in cash, and a loaded MAC-11 9mm.

NADPS plans to issue charges on trafficking cocaine, possession, and unlawful carrying of a pistol.