Deputies arrest man on burglary, drug charges

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By Chris Sardelli

Christopher Sardelli
Deputies arrested a Lancaster man on multiple charges this week after an investigation into a burglarized home.
Joseph J. Hinson, 26, 1134 Laurel Ave., was arrested Wednesday, Sept. 19, on charges of second-degree burglary, possession with intent to distribute cocaine and possession with intent to distribute marijuana, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office press release.
The charges are related to the Aug. 15 burglary of a home on Gilliam Sowell Road, where investigators say Hinson forced open the front door and stole approximately $2,000 of property from the home, the release said.
With an arrest warrant in hand, investigators went to Hinson’s home on Wednesday.
When they arrived, Hinson was on the porch, though he quickly went inside and locked the door, the report said. He later came to the door and was arrested.  
During the arrest, investigators smelled marijuana coming from the home and obtained a search warrant for the property.  After executing the search warrant, investigators found marijuana and cocaine inside the home, the release said.
A $55,000 surety bond was set for Hinson and he remained jailed at the Lancaster County Detention Center on Thursday afternoon.
“We are extremely pleased to have Hinson back in jail,” said Sheriff Barry Faile. “Our investigators did a good job with this investigation and I am thankful for that hard work.”
Hinson is also named as a defendant in several more criminal cases spanning the last nine years in the Sixth Judicial Circuit, which covers Lancaster County, according to the S.C. Judicial Department website. At least 17 criminal charges have been filed against him since 2003, though most have been resolved.
Charges still pending include:
• Second-degree burglary and escape/attempted escape from prison, both in October 2010
• Failure to stop for a blue light in July 2012
Past charges have included:
• Receiving stolen goods less than $5,000 in Sept. 2003, for which he was sentenced to a five-year suspended sentence under South Carolina’s Youthful Offender Act  
• Grand larceny, less than $5,000, in Oct. 2005; five-year suspended sentence under YOA
• Resisting arrest in May 2008; sentenced to six months in jail
• Property offense, third or subsequent, in June 2008; sentenced to six months in jail

Contact reporter Chris Sardelli  at (803) 416-8416