Drugs, guns, blow torches found in Rock Hill home

jmcfadden@heraldonline.comJune 18, 2013 

— A neighbor’s calls about a possible burglary led police to two suspects and a stash of drugs, pills, guns and blow torches they allegedly stored in a Rock Hill house on Sunday.

At about 11:40 p.m., deputies with the York County Sheriff’s Office went to an Ebinport Road home after a man, 30, said he heard a window being broken and saw two people running from the house, according to a Rock Hill police report. Rock Hill police also arrived on scene and found Joseph Eddington, 23, getting into a car.

Eddington told police he lives at the house and was leaving to get a snack because he just finished using marijuana while playing a computer game, the report states. Eddington allowed police inside the house, where they found Clarence Koon, 21, along with a bag of 5 grams of marijuana on a coffee table.

The broken window, police said, allowed access into a locked bedroom that Koon told officers belonged to a 21-year-old man who was not home, the report states. Koon said he was cooking when the window was shattered.

Drug agents also responded and executed a search warrant for Koon’s bedroom, where they found two 128 fluid ounce jars and a pop-top canister with marijuana inside, the report states. They also found eight Lidoderm patches, anesthetics used to treat pain, 36 cough medicine pills prescribed to a woman and a gauge pump action shotgun.

Eddington allowed officers to search his bedroom, where they found a marijuana grinder, a jar with marijuana, 65 antidepressant pills prescribed to a woman and a semiautomatic pistol.

In the other man’s bedroom, police found 283 grams of marijuana, seven Ibuprofen tablets, 10 Lortab pills, hydrocodone, miscellaneous ammunition, two rifles, two blow torches and several other prescription pills, the report states. Police searched Koon’s cell phone and saw text messages between him and another man where they discussed selling drugs.

Koon was charged with three counts of unlawful possession of a prescription drug and possession of marijuana, while Eddington was charged with one count of unlawful prescription of a prescription drug and possession of marijuana.

Police issued warrants for their roommate, charging him with two counts of unlawful possession of a Schedule II drug, two counts of unlawful possession of a prescription drug, unlawful possession of oxycodone, unlawful possession of a Schedule I drug, possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute and possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute within proximity to a school.

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