Consequences for drug-related arrests in South Carolina
A Rock Hill man was sentenced to 18 years in a South Carolina prison after a jury convicted him of trafficking meth shaped into pills that looked like Red Bull cans and dollar bills, according to prosecutors and court records.
LaGerald Feon Dunham, 39, had 101 of the pills when he was stopped by police in May 2017, said Matthew Hogge, 16th Circuit assistant solicitor. Some of the pills were shaped like miniature cans and others were pressed into the shape of tiny money, Hogge said.
Rock Hill Police Department officers originally charged Dunham with trafficking a different illegal drug called Ecstasy, Hogge said. South Carolina’s State Law Enforcement Division lab testing found the pills were meth, Hogge said.
A SLED expert testified at the trial last week in York at the Moss Justice Center that it is becoming more common to find illegal meth pressed into these type of pills, Hogge said.
This conviction for trafficking meth is the third time in the 16 years that Dunham was been convicted of drug offenses. He was sentenced to 10 years for drugs in 2003, then four years in 2011, according to York County court records and prosecutors.
Geoff Dunn, Dunham’s lawyer, said after the trial that Dunham will appeal.