Monday, May 5, 2014
A Thursday, May 1, routine traffic stop led to the arrest of two men. Leon Roger Fortune, 31, of Gresham, and Nicholas Turner, 33, of Johnsonville, have been charged with trafficking heroin, crack cocaine among other charges.
According to a Williamsburg County Sheriff’s Office Incident Report, around 6 p.m. a WCSO deputy was observing traffic on Highway 41 and County Line Road near Hemingway when he noticed two men in a vehicle were not wearing seatbelts. At that time the deputy conducted a traffic stop and approached the passenger side of the vehicle. Upon noticing an overwhelming smell of marijuana and alcohol, the officer asked both men for identification. The driver, who identified himself as Nicholas Turner, did not have identification. The deputy also noticed both men were acting very nervous.
Law enforcement would eventually seize 55 grams of heroin, 72 grams of crack cocaine and 3 pounds of marijuana.
The vehicle was not owned by either of the men; however, it was seized due to the connection of trafficking such large quantities of narcotics.
During the arrest officers noticed Fortune was wearing an ankle monitor. Fortune told law enforcement he was wearing the monitor as a condition of his bond in Marion County for trafficking offences. Hemingway Chief Bryan Todd also assisted in the arrests. Williamsburg County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate the incident.