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Five charged in drug bust

A Fort Lawn murder suspect out of jail on bond was arrested this week after a busted drug deal and a scuffle with an officer, authorities say.

DeMarcus O'Brien Foster, 19, the man police say shot and killed a 38-year-old man after the two fought during a card game last year, was out of jail on a $30,000 bond, officials said.

Foster, whose last known address was 5434 Baxter Drive, and four others were arrested Wednesday on various drug-related charges, said Marvin Brown, commander of the York County Multijurisdictional Drug Enforcement Unit.

"It's a shame when you've got somebody out on bond ... (charged with) murder who's riding around Rock Hill streets with guns, selling drugs and fighting police," Brown said.

Around 10 p.m., Brown and Lt. Jason Dalton, also of the drug enforcement unit, conducted a drug investigation near Independence Elementary School at Lesslie Mart at 2700 Lesslie Highway, according to reports from the York County Sheriff's Office.

"We saw an obvious drug transaction in the middle of the parking lot," said Dalton, who pursued 23-year-old Matthew Daryl Toole after authorities say he purchased drugs, returned to his beige Honda and drove away.

That left Brown to deal with Germeil DeCarlo Foster, 29, of Lancaster and Harry Charles Bastien, 52, of Rock Hill, who police say sold 234 grams of marijuana to Toole and his pregnant girlfriend, Jennifer Madeline Gregory.

DeMarcus Foster was sitting in the back seat of the car, Dalton said.

As Brown closed in, DeMarcus Foster "attempted to jump out of the vehicle," Dalton said.

Brown ran around the four-door car.

"We scuffled," Brown said.

The police report notes Foster assaulted Brown.

Brown handcuffed Foster to the steering wheel and then discovered a gun in his pants pocket, the report stated.

"This was very close to becoming a shooting incident," Brown said.

Another gun and 78 grams of marijuana were found in the car, according to the report. Police seized $725, a half-gram of cocaine and 312 grams of marijuana with a street value of $3,100, Brown said.

Police charged Foster with possession with intent to distribute marijuana, possession with intent to distribute marijuana within close proximity of a school, possession of cocaine, possession of a pistol by a person under 21, unlawful carrying of a pistol and resisting arrest.

The murder charge against Foster stems from an incident in February 2006 in which police say Foster got into a fight with Theron Lee Crawford during a card game and later shot him. Foster turned himself into police shortly after the shooting. He was released on bond in March 2006.

In Wednesday's incident, Germeil Foster was charged with distribution of marijuana; distribution of marijuana in close proximity of a school; possession with intent to distribute marijuana; possession with intent to distribute marijuana in close proximity of a school and unlawfully carrying a pistol.

Bastien was charged with distribution of marijuana, second offense; distribution of marijuana in close proximity of a school; possession with intent to distribute marijuana, second offense, and possession with intent to distribute marijuana in close proximity of a school.

Toole was charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana and possession with intent to distribute marijuana in close proximity of a school.

Gregory, who turns 18 today, was charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana and possession with intent to distribute marijuana in close proximity of a school.

The group remained in custody Thursday night at York County Detention Center. Bond had not been set.

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