BERKELEY COUNTY, S.C. (WCBD) – A Berkeley County Deputy with the K-9 Unit was traveling in the area of Highway 17-A and Sangaree Parkway when he noticed a vehicle committing multiple traffic violations.
According to the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office Facebook post, the Deputy got behind the vehicle he then noticed the vehicle’s tag light did not illuminate the license plate.
Due to the defective equipment on the vehicle and the moving violations, the Deputy conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle. Officials stated that initially the vehicle continued traveling down Highway 17-A before finally coming to a stop on Longstreet.
The Deputy approached the vehicle and made contact with the driver, later identified as 31-year-old Melanie Johnson.
While speaking to Johnson, reasonable suspicion was present. The Deputy asked Johnson for consent to search the vehicle, and she denied consent. K-9 Fox was then deployed to conduct a free air sniff of the vehicle and had a positive alert.
Upon the completion of the free air sniff, Johnson was Mirandized. According to authorities, post-Miranda, Johnson told Deputies she had Meth inside of her female body cavity. Johnson then removed a blue plastic bag containing approximately five gross grams of a crystal-like substance from her person. A probable cause search of the vehicle also resulted in an additional 1.2 gross grams of crystal-like substance.
Johnson was charged with Possession with the Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine.
Johnson has been booked five times since 2013. Her previous charges include Assault and Battery, Possession of Meth, Bond Revocation and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.