Police: Rock Hill man had 8 bags of heroin in shorts

A Rock Hill man who police say has 12 prior drug convictions faced his 13th criminal charge on Friday after officers found him with eight bags of heroin in his shorts.

Officers patrolling on Crawford Road at about 9 p.m. saw a white Cadillac swerve to the right on the two-lane road, almost hitting a curb, according to a Rock Hill police report. Police followed the car as it turned onto Robinson Street and stopped the driver, identified as Vincent Hickman, 57. An officer smelled alcohol coming from the car and asked Hickman to step out for a field sobriety test.

While searching Hickman, officers found eight individual bags of heroin, totaling 1 gram of the addictive drug, the report states. Heroin is often sold in a tenth of a gram.

Police ran a criminal history check on Hickman and found that he has 12 previous drug convictions, the report states. Authorities also noted that his license was suspended and he has four prior convictions for driving under suspension within the last five years. His driving history indicated that he had been labeled as a habitual offender until 2015.

He was charged with violation of the drug law possession with the intent to distribute heroin, his 13th drug charge.