UNION — A tip that lead to surveillance by narcotics investigators lead to a chase by automobile and on foot that ended with a man in jail for possession of cocaine.
In a statement released Monday, Union County Sheriff David Taylor announce the arrest of Jeremy Jeermaine Hughes, 27, 904 Lakeside Drive, Union, on the charge of possession of cocaine second offense.
Taylor said Hughes was arrested as a result of an investigation that began Friday afternoon at approximately 2 p.m. when narcotics investigators received information that Hughes was selling illegal narcotics in the parking lot of Tiger Court in Union. The tip said that Hughes would be leaving the area soon in a white SUV.
Investigators set up surveillance of the site and Taylor said they spotted Hughes in a white 2003 Envoy leaving Tiger Court, driving up West Henrietta Street, and turning left onto South Church Street. Taylor said that a narcotics investigator attempted to stop the SUV by activating the blue lights in his patrol vehicle but the SUV continued to drive away and made a right turn onto Carson Street. He said the vehicle then pulled in front of a residence on Carson Street and stopped.
Taylor said that it was at that point that a female child ages 3-4 years old began to exit the passenger side of the SUV. He said that while the child was exiting the vehicle, the driver, Hughes, got out on the driver’s side and fled on foot heading toward East Henrietta Street. Taylor said the child began screaming as the investigator pursued Hughes. He said that a relative relative came out of the residence Hughes had stopped in front of and took the child into her home until the investigator was able to return.
While in pursuit, Taylor said the investigator saw black digital scales fall from Hughes’ left front pants pocket. He said that Hughes was taken into custody by the investigator on Carson Street.
Taylor said that in searching the SUV Hughes had been driving, investigators found a quantity of cocaine inside a green Crown Royal bag in the center console. He said the cocaine was collected as evidence and sealed inside a Best Pack for analysis by SLED. The Crown Royal bag and the digital scales were also collected as evidence.
Hughes was transported to the Union County Jail where he was charged with possession of cocaine second offense. Taylor said the child who had been in the SUV with Hughes was released to her grandmother. He said the SUV was towed by Greer’s Wrecker Service per rotation.
This story courtesy of the Union County Sheriff’s Office.