Police: Pot, pills fall out of Bi-Lo shoplifter’s pants

jmcfadden@heraldonline.comSeptember 26, 2013 

— A man who police say tried shoplifting baking items from a Rock Hill Bi-Lo last weekend stashed 12 baggies of marijuana and more than 90 prescription pills in his pockets and underwear.

On Sunday, officers were sent to the East Main Street Bi-Lo at about 3:30 p.m. after receiving word that loss prevention employees had a shoplifter in custody, according to a Rock Hill police report released Thursday. The loss prevention agent told police that Ronald Lavern Hunnicutt, 41, carried several clear packages of batteries.

Each time he saw Hunnicut in the store, there were less batteries in the package, the report states. Store employees found Hunnicut with several batteries, a lighter and several baking items.

Police searched Hunnicut and found 12 baggies of marijuana loaded into a blue bottle in his boxer shorts, police reported. They also found a marijuana pipe with residue, another baggie of pot, 6 grams of pot in a small, glass bottle and an unused Fentanyl patch.

As police escorted Hunnicut to a patrol car, another pill bottle filled with marijuana dropped to the ground, the report states. Also inside the bottle were five types of prescription pills: 9 hydromorphone pills; two hydrocodone pills; 23 Alprazolam pills; 57 Tramadol pills; and five unknown blue pills, police said.

Hydromorphone, hydrocodone and Tramadol treat pain; Alprazolam treats anxiety and panic disorders. Fentanyl patches treat severe, chronic pain.

Hunnicut was later strip-searched at the jail, but police found no other paraphernalia on him, the report states.

Hunnicutt was charged with possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute, unlawful possession of prescription drugs, possession of Schedule IV drugs with the intent to distribute, possession of Schedule II drugs, possession of Schedule III drugs, possession of Fentanyl and shoplifting.

He was released from jail Monday on a $62,000 bond.

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