A break-in call at a Clinton residence brought drug trafficking charges against the alleged suspect, as he was reportedly found in possession of prescription pills by responding deputies who spotted him walking down the road on the way to the call.
Gene Howard Grice, 37, of 233 Yankee Lane, Clinton, was charged with breaking and entering, injury to personal property and possession of drug paraphernalia. Additionally, he was charged with more serious felony offenses, including trafficking in opium or heroin, possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver a Schedule II controlled substance and possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver a Schedule IV controlled substance.
Grice was given $50,000 bond for the drug charges and an additional $1,500 bond for the other offenses.
According to reports, deputies seized 22 dosage units of Hydrocodone, a prescription painkiller, as well as 25 dosage units of Alprazolam, an anti-anxiety medication.
The charges stem from a break-in call. Officers received a call at 5:22 a.m. Tuesday of an incident that had just occurred at 253 Lorraine Road. The caller provided a suspect description and, on the way to the residence, responding deputies saw the alleged suspect walking down the roadway, Sheriff’s Lt. Marcus Smith said.
“Deputies stopped the suspect and a search of the suspect revealed a pill bottle containing 22 dosage units of Hydrocodone and 25 dosage units of Alprazolam,” Smith noted.
Grice was taken into custody in the area of the 2800 block of Hobbton Highway and served the charges. Reports state that a window was pried open at the Lorraine Road residence, but nothing was reported stolen.
Smith credited all parties involved with a quick turnaround between a call of a crime in progress, and an arrest in that crime.
“Once again this is an example of great work between the citizens, dispatchers and responding officers,” Smith noted.
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