2 Florence men arrested for drugs during traffic stop

Anthony Gattison Jr. (Source: DCSO)
Anthony Gattison Jr. (Source: DCSO)
Antonio Anderson (Source: DCSO)
Antonio Anderson (Source: DCSO)

DARLINGTON, SC (WMBF) Darlington County authorities arrested two Florence men on drug charges during a traffic stop Wednesday night after a brief chase that left one of the suspects in a small pond in attempts to flee from police.

According to Captain Andy Locklair with Darlington County Sheriff's Office, drug enforcement agents stopped a car Wednesday night around 8:30 p.m. on Woodbridge Rd in Darlington.

As agents were talking to the two occupants of the vehicle, drugs were discovered on both of them.

Officers arrested Anthony Gattison Jr., 21, and 20-year-old Antonio Anderson, both of Florence, on drug charges of possession with intent to distribute cocaine, and possession of ecstasy. The drugs were in small quantities and packaged for sale.

After police discovered the drugs, Gattison attempted to flee the scene on foot, leading agents into a near by wooded area.

"Gattison was arrested after he ran into a small pond in the dark. He was in up to his knees before he gave up. Anderson at the same time tried to run as well but was stopped by agents before he could get away" said Sheriff Wayne Byrd.

Gattison is charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine and resisting arrest. Anderson is charged with possession of a scheduled one controlled substance. and resisting arrest.

Anderson and Gattison were transported to the Darlington County Detention Center and are awaiting bond.

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