HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – Four men were arrested on various charges when the Horry County Police Department Street Crimes Unit performed three traffic stops this week and found various drugs.
On November 29 at about 7:15 p.m., officers stopped a car on Third Avenue South in the unincorporated area of Myrtle Beach for a traffic violation, according to a news release from the department. The police K9 Alto alerted to the presence of narcotics of the car, and a search revealed a revolver, a pistol, and substances believed to be cocaine and marijuana. The driver, 26-year-old Tashawn D. Williams, of Myrtle Beach, was charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana, possession with intent to distribute cocaine, possession of a controlled substance (prescription), unlawful carry of a pistol, and a traffic violation.
At about 10 p.m. the same night, Street Crimes officers stopped a car on Robert Grissom Parkway for a non-functioning tail lamp. The driver, 32-year-old David Chaput of Hickory, North Carolina, told officers he did not have a valid driver's license, the report states. Police interviewed and searched the passenger, 32-year-old Joshua Hinson, of Conover, North Carolina, and found a white substance believed to be crack cocaine. Chaput was charged with no driver's license and Hinson was charged with possession of crack.
The next day, at about 9 p.m., officers saw an SUV cross the center line while traveling on Highway 57 in Little River, and pulled it over. The officer looked in the vehicle and found syringes, a spoon, a cup of water, multiple drink caps, and loose cotton. Officers noticed that someone had dropped two wax-papers lips on the ground, and a search of the driver, 65-year-old Dennis J. Libonati of Little River, revealed even more slips. A roadside test showed the presence of heroin. Libonati was arrested and charged with possession of a control substance – heroin.