Kershaw deputies arrested a Georgia fugitive and seized 500 ecstasy tablets and a pound of marijuana during a traffic stop Sunday.
Charlie McLaughlin, 31, and Kelly Molina, 30, were arrested Sunday after deputies pulled them over for excessive speeding, according to Sheriff Jim Matthews. A deputy detected their 2014 Ford Fusion going 85 miles per hour around noon Sunday on I-20.
The deputy smelled marijuana when he approached the vehicle, Matthews said.
Molina was driving, McLaughlin was in the passenger seat and three children were in the backseat, Matthews said. The children, aged 7, 9 and 11, were turned over to the S.C. Department of Social Services, Matthews said.
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In addition to finding drugs in the vehicle, deputies determined McLaughlin was wanted in Savannah, Georgia, on three counts of aggravated battery/family violence and three counts of third degree cruelty to a child, Matthews said.
During a post arrest statement, deputies learned that Molina and McLaughlin picked up the drugs in Atlanta and were to deliver them to someone in Delaware, Matthews said. They said they were to be paid $1,000.
Molina and McLaughlin are being held at the Kershaw County Detention Center while they await a bond hearing.