A call to help a dog in Fort Mill puts police on scent of an entirely different case

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FORT MILL — Police were called to Peach Place Drive in Fort Mill Feb. 1 by someone who said a dog had been locked inside a car for about three hours and ended up arresting someone wanted in Greenville County on a drug charge.

When police arrived, they couldn’t locate a car with a dog inside on the residential block and contacted the person who made the compliant, who said the car left before officers arrived, a Fort Mill Police Department report states. In the meantime, they “could smell the strong odor of marijuana while looking for the vehicle,” according to the report. That led them to a home were “officers could smell a very strong odor of marijuana coming from the apartment.”

A woman inside the home told the officers her roommate might have been smoking pot earlier before leaving the apartment and gave them permission to search the apartment. The woman also called her roommate and was told the smell of pot was actually a legal substance and was instructed to show police “bags of a green plant like material that was labeled as CBD/Hemp,” the report states.

“The substance had a very low percentage of THC and is legal for purchase in North Carolina,” so officers declined to pursue charges, according to the report. However, the officers found out the woman in the apartment was wanted in Greenville County for allegedly failing to appear in court on a meth possession charge.

She was then taken into custody.