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Traffic stop leads to drug trafficking charges for South Carolina gang member

December 26, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Traffic stop leads to drug trafficking charges for South Carolina gang member

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A self-proclaimed gang member with repeated drug convictions was arrested in South Carolina Saturday morning and is facing new charges of drug trafficking and weapons offenses.

Scottie Lee Cromer, 34, was in a car that was pulled over by Newberry County sheriff’s deputies at approximately 2 a.m. at a checkpoint in Prosperity, South Carolina, The State.com reported.

When officers approached the car, they stated that they could smell the strong scent of weed. They conducted a search of the vehicle and discovered marijuana and an assault rifle with a fully loaded clip inside.

Cromer also reportedly had a large quantity of cocaine and crack cocaine.

Cromer is a self-confessed member of the Bloods, the sheriff’s department reported, and has two previous convictions for drugs. He has also previously served a seven-year prison sentence for weapons violations.

He has been charged with trafficking cocaine (third offense), possessing with the intention to distribute crack cocaine (third offense), possessing of marijuana, possession of a weapon during a violent crime, and possession of a weapon by a person who has been convicted of a violent crime.

“This person has no business with a firearm of any type, much less one with such destructive power,” Lee Foster, Newberry County Sheriff, announced in a written statement. “We will use every available law at the state and federal level to make sure he is removed from society for as long as possible.”

Investigators are seeking to deny Cromer’s bond.

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