Police arrest South Carolina man with meth, oxycodone

A South Carolina man was arrested for possession of hallucinogenic narcotics, failure to keep prescription drugs in their original container, possession of less than four ounces of marijuana, use of drug paraphernalia and illegal manufacturing, distribution, sale, and possession of narcotics with intent to distribute on Nichols Avenue at 2:32 a.m. Aug. 3.

Police said Juan Clarke, 26, of Hilton Head, South Carolina was pulling off exit 51 in the Nichols area of Trumbull when a police office spotted him driving without a seatbelt and no license plate on the back of his car.

According to a report, Clarke told he office he was renting the vehicle and that's why there was no plate on the back of it. An investigation revealed Clarke's South Carolina license was suspended and the vehicle was unregistered.

Police said the responding officer smelled marijuana in the vehicle and had Clarke step out of the vehicle. A search revealed a large jar full of one and a half ounces marijuana inside a backpack on the floor of the front passenger seat of the car.

The report said that there was also  was a "yellow rock" in the bag that eventually tested positive as methamphetamine. The total weight of the pure, uncut meth was two grams, police said.

In addition, there was a prescription drug container in the bag which was labeled correctly and contained five, 30-milligram pills that tested positive oxycodone.

Police said that Clarke also had scales and bags in the backpack. He was reported to have $299 in his possession at the time of his arrest.

He was held on a $5,000 bond and was brought to court Monday, Aug. 10.