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Police arrest four in drug-related cases
KINGSLAND -- Two separate tips from concerned citizens led to multiple drug arrests by Kingsland police.

Officers approached a white Ford Ranger truck parked near Kmart in Camden Woods shopping center Friday in response to a call from a resident who said the driver appeared to be intoxicated.

Officers questioned the driver, Larry Malphrus III, 27, of Ridgeland, S.C., and his passenger, Ashley Rae Warren of Bluffton, S.C., and became suspicious of their behavior.

A narcotics K-9 squad dog indicated drugs could be inside the vehicle. Officers searched the vehicle and discovered a variety of drugs and paraphernalia, according to a statement by Kingsland police.

Malphrus and Warren were arrested and charged with possession of less than an ounce marijuana and possession of drug-related objects, both misdemeanors. They were also charged with possession of hydromorphone, a Schedule II drug, considered to have a high potential for abuse, possession of clonazepam, a Schedule IV drug, considered to have a low potential for abuse, and trafficking morphine, a Schedule II controlled substance, all felonies.

In a separate incident Friday, officers were alerted to another possibly intoxicated driver leaving the Green Cedar truck stop off Interstate 95 at exit 6.

Officers were told a white man driving a blue Chrysler PT Cruiser entered the truck stop and appeared nervous and intoxicated. The driver was pulled over for a speeding violation on Laurel Island Parkway.

The driver, Michael Gene Laws, 57, of Dryden, Va., and passenger Samantha Mitchell, 22, of Kingsport, Tenn., agreed to allow officers to search the vehicle, where police said they found multiple illegal drugs and paraphernalia.

Laws was cited for speeding and both he and Mitchell were arrested and charged with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia and a number of felony charges, including possession of MDMA (methylenedioxy-N-methylamphetamine), a Schedule II drug; possession of alprazolam, a Schedule IV drug; and possession of oxycodone, a Schedule II drug.

All four suspects in both cases were taken to the Camden County jail in Woodbine, where they await bond hearings.

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