CLOVER -- A 26-year-old state Probation and Parole officer faces a drug charge after marijuana was found in his car at a county building, authorities said.
Aaron Wesley Adams of 2383 Smith Road, No. 586, in Clover was charged last Thursday with possession of marijuana, said Marvin Brown, commander of the York County Multijurisdictional Drug Enforcement Unit.
The misdemeanor charge carries a $570 fine or 30 days in jail, Brown said. If convicted, Adams will lose his driving privileges, Brown said.
"Thirty dollars worth of marijuana has probably cost him his career in law enforcement," Brown said.
Authorities received a tip that Adams might have marijuana in his four-door vehicle, which was parked at the York County Complex on Heckle Boulevard in Rock Hill, Brown said.
A sheriff's department bloodhound was taken to the complex, and the dog indicated a drug was inside the car, Brown said of the 6:30 p.m. search.
Adams returned to his car after getting off work, authorities said.
Authorities recovered 3 grams of marijuana from the gray Ford Flex, according to a report from the York County Sheriff's Office.
Adams was arrested and taken to the Rock Hill City Jail, where a background check revealed no criminal history, according to the report and Brown.
Adams was issued a citation and released, Brown said.
"This makes the fourth law enforcement officer we've arrested in 10 years," he said. "It's rare that we arrest a law enforcement officer for drug activity."
Adams' first court appearance is slated for May 27 in Judge Robert Davenport's South Cherry Road court.