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A traffic stop led to trafficking-cocaine charges for a Lancaster man.
Lepoleon Hall, 35, 2347 Douglas Heights, was arrested Thursday, Sept. 20, on charges of trafficking cocaine, possession with intent to distribute marijuana, unlawful carrying of a handgun and driving under suspension, second offense, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office press release.
Known by drug task force investigators to have a suspended driver’s license, Hall was seen driving a vehicle on Great Falls Highway (S.C. 200). He was then pulled over along Zion Road and arrested on the suspension charge, the release said.
While searching his car, investigators found a loaded handgun, one pound of marijuana and approximately 277 grams (9.9 ounces) of cocaine, the release said. Estimated street value of the drugs seized is about $28,500. Photos of the items seized during his arrest also show several stacks of money, totaling more than $1,700, as well as a box of plastic bags and a cell phone.
Hall was later jailed at the Lancaster County Detention Center and his bond has been denied.
“The unlawful narcotics trade is directly responsible for the large majority of crimes that occur. Each time we arrest someone like Hall our county becomes a better place,” said Sheriff Barry Faile.
“Our investigators did a great job getting this dealer and these dangerous drugs off of our streets before they could harm our citizens. Job well done.”
Hall is also named as a defendant in eight other criminal cases dating back to 1995 in the Sixth Judicial Circuit, which covers Lancaster County, according to the S.C. Judicial Department website. Most of the charges were dismissed, though he pleaded guilty and was sentenced on two charges, including:
– Driving under suspension, first offense, in March 2010; sentenced to either 30 days in jail or a fine of $652.50
– Possession with intent to distribute schedule I, II or III narcotics, first offense, in March 2010. Hall received a five-year suspended sentence upon serving nine months in jail, followed by five years of probation on that charge.
Contact reporter Chris Sardelli at (803) 416-8416