Authorities report drug bust, arrest in car chase

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Authorities report drug bust, arrest in car chase

By CHRIS BENDER<br><em>Gazette</em> staff writer
Published Tuesday, June 18, 2002 in The Island Packet  |  261 Words  |  /BeaufortGazette/local_news

A Burton man was arrested by members of the Beaufort County Drug Task Force in connection with an alleged drug sale Friday afternoon.' Roberto T. Pineda, 31, was charged with three counts of trafficking cocaine and one count of
sale and distribution of cocaine within the proximity of a school. The incident took place at 3:45 p.m. in a supermarket parking lot on Parris Island Gateway, according to Beaufort County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Debbie Szpanka.'
Pineda was in the middle of a drug transaction when officers arrested him, Szpanka said. Officers seized 250 grams of cocaine, $12,000 in cash and a 1991 Nissan truck.' "This is a substantial drug bust, and I'm proud of what the Beaufort
County Drug Task Force is accomplishing -- a quarter kilo is a big bust," said Beaufort County Sheriff P.J. Tanner. ' Pineda is being held in the Beaufort County Detention Center. Bail was denied Saturday for Pineda's three counts of
trafficking of cocaine. Bail was set at $10,000 for a count of sale and distribution within proximity of a school.' Also on Friday, sheriff's office investigators made an arrest in an older case of a car chase and shooting on St. Helena
Island. Deandre Chaplin, 18, of St. Helena, was charged with assault and battery with intent to kill.' According to the warrant, Chaplin, with an accomplice, chased two men in a car and fired a handgun at them March 5. The chase ended
when the victims' car crashed near Old Church Road. Neither suffered life-threatening injuries.