LCSD Home
  About LCSD
  Inside LCSD
  Get Involved
  Careers
  News Releases
  Incident Reports
  Inmate Information
  Inmate Search
  Crime Statistics
  In Memoriam
  Civilian Safety Awareness
  Contact Information
  Sheriff's Newsletter

Sheriff James R. Metts
Ed.D,CHS-III,CJM,L.L.D.








NEWS RELEASES
Major John Allard, PIO Office, 785-2415, 24-Hour Press Box: 799-2001, Ext. 1100

SRO Arrests 17-Year-Old Boy for Possessing Marijuana, Prescription Drugs and Tear Gas at Chapin High School


A Lexington County Sheriff’s Department deputy who works full-time as a school resource officer at Chapin High School on Thursday, January 16 arrested a 17-year-old boy who lives near Irmo on charges that the boy unlawfully possessed marijuana, 45 pills of Klonopin, which is a drug that physicians can prescribe to prevent and control seizures, and one canister of tear gas on the grounds of Chapin High.

Lexington County Sheriff James R. Metts said School Resource Officer Dana Catoe arrested Coleman Douglas Newman, 17, of 2224 South Woodrow Street, on arrest warrants on charges of unlawfully possessing a controlled substance with the intent to distribute it near a school, possessing marijuana and carrying a weapon on school grounds. Newman was being held on Friday, January 17 at the Lexington County Detention Center while awaiting a bond hearing.

At about noon on Thursday, Catoe saw Newman pay for a drink in the Chapin High cafeteria, quickly leave the cafeteria and exit the building through a side door after Newman made eye contact with Catoe, Metts said. Newman is not enrolled as a student at Chapin High. Newman signed in on Thursday morning as a visitor at Chapin High.

Newman lit a Newport cigarette in the Chapin High parking lot after exiting the school building, Metts said. Catoe approached Newman because Newman is too young to legally smoke a cigarette in South Carolina. It also is a violation of school policy to ingest tobacco products on the grounds of Chapin High. Catoe placed Newman in investigative detention.

Catoe and another deputy searched Coleman’s person and backpack after Catoe and the other deputy detected a strong odor of marijuana, Metts said. Deputies and two administrators at Chapin High found that Coleman possessed more than one-half ounce of marijuana, 45 pills of Klonopin worth about $4,000, one scale, one pack of Newport cigarettes, papers that are used to make marijuana cigarettes, $350 in cash and one canister of Sabre tear gas.

Catoe is continuing to investigate why Coleman went to Chapin High on Thursday and why Coleman brought the drugs and other items to the campus of Chapin High, Metts said.

“We are very thankful for our partnership with the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department and the great work of all of our school resource officers,” said Mark Bounds, chief information officer for School District Five of Lexington and Richland Counties. “This is an example of how our school staff is ever vigilant and how school resource officers’ presence keeps our schools safe.”



 


04/18/2014 - Sheriff Promotes Deputy  
04/18/2014 - Deputies Arrest Two Men for Performing Illicit Sexual Acts at Boat Landing  
04/15/2014 - Personal Safety Class  
04/17/2014 - Sheriff Promotes Three Reserve Deputies  
04/14/2014 - Detectives Determine Robbery Led to Shooting Incident  
04/10/2014 - PS-LE Career Expo  
04/10/2014 - Officers Seize Methamphetamine Laboratory  
04/10/2014 - Student Charged with Communicating Bomb Threat at High School  
04/10/2014 - More than 6,000 Pounds of Food Donated to Children's Shelter  
04/09/2014 - Two Teen-Agers Arrested in Carjacking  
04/09/2014 - Two Men Arrested in Shooting Incident  
04/07/2014 - Arrest Warrant Obtained for Man in Home Break-In  
04/06/2014 - Officers Seize Two Methamphetamine Laboratories  
04/06/2014 - Two Teen-Agers Charged in Burglary at Business  
04/03/2014 - Man Arrested in Fatal Shooting  
04/02/2014 - Personal Safety Class  
04/02/2014 - Detectives Obtain Arrest Warrants for Man in Home Break-Ins  
04/02/2014 - Deputies Arrest Man for Stealing Camper Trailer  
04/02/2014 - Sheriff Promotes Deputy  
04/01/2014 - Community Day  
04/01/2014 - Deputies Arrest Two Men for Robbing Convenience Store  
04/01/2014 - Officers Seize Methamphetamine Laboratory  
03/25/2014 - Walk a Mile in Her Shoes  
03/23/2014 - Two Men Arrested for Breaking Into Storage Building  
03/20/2014 - Two Teen-Age Girls Charged With Communicating Bomb Threats at Gilbert High School  


NEWS RELEASES


An Internationally Accredited Law Enforcement Agency 521 Gibson Road Lexington, SC 29072 (803) 785-8230
Web site best viewed at 1024 X 768 using Internet Explorer 6.0 or higher

Parts of this site