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Surfside Police find nearly $40K, drugs in traffic stop

Jarad Kyle Ratcliff (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center) Jarad Kyle Ratcliff (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)

SURFSIDE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - A Surfside Beach man is facing drug charges after his behavior in a routine traffic stop led police to search his car and his home.

Officers stopped the car Jarad Ratcliff was driving around 11 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 5. Surfside Police Chief Rodney Keziah says Ratcliff was noticeably nervous and smelled of marijuana.

A large plastic bag containing the drug was sticking out of his pocket, leading police to get a search warrant for his car where they found $37,800 in cash inside of a Ziploc bag. After a short struggle, police took Ratcliff into custody.

When police searched his home later that day, they found several weapons, hundreds of rounds of ammunition, and more than one pound of marijuana.

Jarad Ratcliff faces charges for two counts of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and two counts of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute within half a mile proximity of a school, park, place of worship.

"There is no such thing as a routine traffic stop, and this case demonstrates that perfectly", said Chief Keziah. "Through our training program we give the street level patrol officer the tools they need to make these kinds of cases."

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