FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) - Two Florence County residents have been arrested and charged with trafficking in cocaine after police found them passed out in a hotel room.
Samuel Ramu, 22, of Pamplico and 21-year-old Tiffany Haynes of Effingham were arrested by Florence County Sheriff's Deputies on Sept. 12.
Staff at a hotel on West Lucas Street found the pair unresponsive in their room and called authorities. Deputies found the hotel room door cracked open, and Ramu and Haynes were unresponsive with a "large amount of powder cocaine, drug distribution material and a quantity of US currency," said sheriff's office spokesman Capt. Mike Nunn.
Capt. Nunn said between 10 and 28 grams of cocaine were found in the room, which is enough to be considered trafficking. But, Capt. Nunn said this type of drug arrest is actually on the decline in Florence County.
"The Mexican Cartels, which typically control the cocaine traffic, have been at war with each other and that has restricted the supply of cocaine reaching the United States," Capt. Nunn said.
But Capt. Nunn said that doesn't mean the drug use is decreasing in Florence County.
"The cocaine users are now going to heroin and meth. That price is lower. The restriction in the supply made the price of powder cocaine rise. It's also made the price of heroin drop," Capt. Nunn said.
Ramu was given a $5,000 surety bond, but was transported to the SC Department of Corrections because of outstanding bench warrants for his arrest.
A trafficking cocaine drug carries a penalty of up to $25,000 fine and 3-10 years in prison.