Fourth of July arrests yield guns, drugs

Published 5:44 pm Friday, July 7, 2017

The Fourth of July was a quieter one than most for the patrolmen of the Greenville Police Department, but it wasn’t entirely without incident.

Lt. Joseph Disney said that the department’s patrol received a call to Manor Court in reference to two suspicious males sitting in a vehicle in the parking lot.

“When the patrolmen approached the vehicle, one of the subjects rolled the window down to speak to the officers, and then rolled it right back up,” Disney said.

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“And once he rolled the window down, a strong odor of what the officer believed to be illegal narcotics came from the vehicle.  That gave them consent then to go ahead and investigate further.”

The patrolmen eventually found marijuana, as well as what appeared to be ecstasy and cocaine.

Latorey Jackson, a 25-year-old man from Georgiana, and O’Darius Salter, a 19-year-old man from Greenville, were each charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance, first-degree possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Additionally, Salter was charged with carrying a pistol without a permit.  Jackson was also charged with fourth-degree receipt of stolen property for being in possession of a stolen pistol.

The pistol was stolen from Elmore County, and the weapon has since been returned to its original owner.

Disney said that, despite a few isolated incidents, Tuesday night was noticeably quieter than Fourth of Julys past.

“We had a couple of other calls, but this was a pretty mild Fourth for us,” Disney said.  “Typically, we get a lot of fireworks calls and some calls of shots fired.  It’s a busy day and night that we deal with a lot of alcohol and drugs, with people partying.

“Holidays are what they are. But we didn’t get any of that, which is good.”

Jackson and Salter are currently being held in the Butler County Jail.