Mariano Martinez. Source: Darlington County Detention Center
The packages containing heroin. Source: DCSO on Twitter.
DARLINGTON COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – A Darlington County Sheriff's
deputy found seven packages containing an $250,000 worth of heroin after
stopping a Myrtle Beach man on Interstate 20 Wednesday night.
At about 11:56 p.m. on April 9, a deputy stopped a truck driving
east on Interstate 20 near exit 131 in Darlington County because the vehicle
did not have a license plate light. During the stop, deputies were given
consent to search the vehicle, and found two laundry detergent boxes that
contained seven packages wrapped in electric tape.
Deputies used a field test kit on the off-white powder,
which tested positive for heroin. The heroin has an estimated street value of
over $250,000, officials stated.
The passenger of the
vehicle, 43-year-old Mariano Martinez, from Myrtle Beach, claimed ownership of
the drugs, was charged with trafficking heroin, and was transported to
Darlington County Detention Center, where he awaits bond. The driver was issued
a warning citation for not having a license plate light.