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Scranton man arrested on drug, weapon charges following altercation with Florence County deputy

Justin Barr (Source: Florence County Detention Center) Justin Barr (Source: Florence County Detention Center)

FLORENCE COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - A Scranton man was arrested and charged with cocaine distribution following a traffic stop and a brief altercation with law enforcement.

According to a press release from the Florence County Sheriff's Office, Justin Dwayne Barr, 32, was charged on Tuesday with possession with intent to distribute cocaine, trafficking crack, possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime, resisting arrest/assault on a police officer, unlawful carrying of a pistol, possession of marijuana and possession of a handgun by a prohibited person.

Online records from the Florence County Detention Center indicate Barr remained in jail Friday morning under a $35,000 surety bond. 

At 5:13 p.m. on Feb. 28, an FCSO deputy initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle near the intersection of Ron McNair Boulevard and Morris Street in Lake City for a moving violation, according to the release. 

When the deputy requested the suspect step out of the vehicle, he allegedly attempted to flee on foot, but was taken into custody a short time later by the deputy after a brief physical altercation.

According to the release, the deputy sustained minor injuries as a result of the altercation.

The suspect was allegedly found to be in possession of a quantity of marijuana, crack and cocaine, as well as an illegal weapon.

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