South Carolina man faces meth charge in Madison County

A South Carolina man with a lengthy criminal record remains in the Madison County Jail without bond following his recent arrest by Danielsville police, who nabbed the suspect after investigating a reckless driving complaint.

Roger Lee Powell, 32, of Anderson, S.C., was arrested Oct. 15 on charges of trafficking in methamphetamine, obstruction and giving a false name, according to Danielsville Police Chief Brenan Baird.

Powell served an undetermined time in a South Carolina prison in 2012 after he entered no contest pleas to assault and battery and gun possession in connection with a 2010 incident in Anderson, where a man allegedly tried to lure a teen girl into his car at a bus stop.

Powell denied the accusations, but he pleaded guilty to unrelated charges of possessing meth, forgery and unlawful use of a motor vehicle, according to a story in the Anderson Independent. The newspaper also reported that Powell in 2009 pleaded guilty to robbing a man of his wallet, passing a bad check, and felony theft.

A spokeswoman for the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday that Powell is wanted in that county on charges of burglary, theft and the grand theft of a Dodge pickup.

In the recent arrest, Baird and officer Cleveland Williams responded to the reckless driving complaint and saw a red Ford Mustang parked in front of a pizza parlor in downtown Danielsville. After checking a few stores for the driver, they encountered a man who upon questioning him began displaying “flight-type behavior” and “deceitful behavior,” according to the report.

Powell initially denied being the driver of the Mustang and provided two different names, but after lengthy questions, he conceded his real name and the officers determined he was wanted in South Carolina, according to the report.

The officers seized a cellphone, about 38 grams of methamphetamine and $540 cash that Powell was carrying.

“We did a search warrant on the phone … and there are lots of incriminating items in there,” Baird said Thursday. “There was evidence he was planning burglaries over in Anderson, so we’re trying to work with Anderson.”

The cellphone was stolen, but Baird said they have been unable to contact the owner, who is also wanted on criminal warrants.

Baird said police believe Powell was staying from time to time with some associates in Snellville.

The Mustang was registered to a resident of Byron, but this man also cannot be located, Baird said.

However, he said the car was in a repossession status.

Police obtained a search warrant for the car, but nothing unlawful was found.

“It was clean as whistle,” Baird said.