Drugs, cash confiscated in Lancaster traffic stop

LANCASTER -- A Lancaster man and his uncle were arrested this week after police say they discovered cocaine and $19,427 in the man's rental car.

Authorities on Monday arrested Derrick Bernard Reid, 35, of 102 New Burns Lane and charged him with speeding and trafficking cocaine, third offense, according to reports from the Lancaster Police Department.

The trafficking charge can carry up to a 30-year prison term, Detective Sgt. Pat Parsons said.

Reid's passenger and uncle, Edward James Mobley, 48, also of 102 New Burns Lane, was charged with simple possession of marijuana, the report states.

Around 5:20 p.m. Monday, Parsons trailed a speeding white Chrysler 300 near 720 Chesterfield Ave. When the vehicle failed to use turn signals twice, Parsons stopped the car in a parking lot within a half-mile of Southside Elementary School, he said.

Mobley attempted to walk away but returned, according to the report. Meanwhile, Reid repeatedly reached inside his jacket pocket, so Parsons had him get out of the car, the report states.

Police recovered less than an ounce of marijuana from Mobley, according to reports, and seized 15 grams of cocaine and $527 from Reid. Police later discovered another $18,900 inside a black backpack in the trunk of the car, according to the report.

According to S.C. criminal law, anyone caught with more than 10 grams of cocaine is trafficking, Parsons said.

Reid, whose bond was set at $50,400, was released Tuesday.

Mobley was released Monday night on a $565 bond.

This year, Lancaster Police have made more than 146 drug-related arrests, Capt. Harlean Howard said.

"We do not want illicit drugs in our community," she said.