Three arrested after Rock Hill traffic stop leads to drug bust

Police arrested two men and a woman Friday night after a traffic stop led to a drug bust.

Police stopped a 1998 Mercury Grand Marquis on the intersection of Green Street and Whitner Street Friday evening, a Rock Hill Police report states. Terrance McCrorey, 31, was seen exiting and walking away from the vehicle, while the other suspects, Marques Heath, 30, and Mary Pride, 34, tried to drive away, the report states.

The vehicle stopped two blocks away on Whitner Street, and Heath was spotted on foot going down Miller Street, police say. Heath told police he was recently released from prison and did not want to be in anymore trouble. A criminal background check from the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division shows Heath was convicted of drug and burglary charges in October 2006.

McCrorey told police, “No, you can’t search me,” when asked if he could search him, the report states. The officer performed a pat down for weapons since McCrorey had been arrested in May and charged with unlawfully carrying a weapon, according to the report. McCrorey also has prior arrests for drug and resisting arrest charges which were dismissed.

McCrorey pulled out a cell phone to call his girlfriend, the report states. After multiple requests to put it away, police took the phone, attempted to handcuff him and he tried to run, the report states. An officer searched McCrorey and found six small bags of marijuana, police say.

McCrorey denied knowing about the marijuana, the report states. Pride told police she was giving McCrorey and Heath a ride to the store and denied knowing about the drugs.

All three people were arrested and taken to the Rock Hill Jail.

Pride was issued a citation for possession of marijuana- first offense. Heath’s citation was for failure to identify. McCrorey was charged with resisting arrest and possession with the intent to deliver marijuana.