Guns, body armor, drugs seized at Rock Hill safety checkpoint; 2 arrested

jmcfadden@heraldonline.comJuly 10, 2014 

— Two fugitives were arrested in Rock Hill Wednesday night after York County drug agents and state troopers found them in a stolen car with guns, body armor, several grams of methamphetamine and several other drugs that appeared to be for sale, authorities said.

At about 10:30 p.m., Highway Patrol troopers working a safety checkpoint stopped a 2001 Chevrolet Blazer at Hall Spencer and Cureton Ferry roads, said Marvin Brown, commander of the county’s multijursidictional drug enforcement unit. The driver, Rachell House, 25, of Lancaster County did not have a driver’s license. The passenger, Joshua Rice, 29, of Mooresville, N.C., also did not have a driver’s license, but was found with a fake ID.

While checking the car, authorities found a pistol-grip 12-gauge shotgun with several extra rounds, Brown said. They also found a pistol, stolen from Fort Mill, and body armor. Police found 18.5 grams of methamphetamine, 1.5 grams of morphine; several prescription pills; cocaine and a small amount of marijuana packaged for sale in the car.

House, Brown said, is wanted by Lancaster’s probation and parole office, while Rice is wanted in North Carolina on an assault charge.

Rice was charged with: possession with the intent to distribute morphine, possession with the intent to distribute marijuana, possession of oxycodone, possession of cocaine, possession of alprazolam, carrying a pistol unlawfully, possession of a stolen pistol, possession of a firearm during a violent crime, possession of a pistol by a person convicted of a violent crime and possession of a stolen vehicle.

House was charged with: trafficking methamphetamine, driving under suspension, possession with the intent to distribute morphine, possession with the intent to distribute marijuana, possession of a firearm during a violent crime and possession of a stolen vehicle.

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