Manager, employee arrested after drug complaints at Florence Bojangles,’ police say

Left: Terrence Tisdale; Right: Maurice Ellis
Left: Terrence Tisdale; Right: Maurice Ellis(Source: Florence County Detention Center)
Updated: Feb. 17, 2020 at 12:17 PM EST
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FLORENCE, S.C. (WMBF) – Two people were taken into custody after complaints came in about illegal drug activity at a Florence Bojangles’ location, according to police.

A press release from the Florence Police Department states Terrence Tisdale and Maurice Lamont Ellis were both arrested Feb. 12 and charged with trafficking in cocaine and possession with intent to distribute marijuana.

Tisdale was also charged with driving under suspension. Online records from the Florence County Detention Center states he remained in jail Monday morning under a $7,500 bond. Ellis was released Feb. 13 on a $5,000 bond.

Agents with the Florence Police Department’s special investigations unit were conducting surveillance at the Bojangles’ located in the 700 block of Second Loop Road after receiving several drug complaints, authorities said.

The complaints alleged that Tisdale, the manager, was distributing illegal drugs from the eatery, the release stated. Both he and Ellis, another employee, were seen leaving the location in a Nissan Maxiima.

Agents conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle and the subsequent investigation led to both being charged, according to the press release.

Prior to the arrest, Tisdale was out on bond for a previous charge of trafficking cocaine, authorities said.

Officials with Bojangles said the employees have been terminated.

“This type of behavior is not consistent with our values or our culture, and it will not be tolerated at any Bojangles’ restaurant,” the company said in a statement

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