2018-01-12 / Local News

Man found not guilty of drug charges

By TIM GULLA
Ledger Staff Writer

Following just more than three hours of deliberations Thursday, a Cherokee County jury decided a 42-year-old Gaffney man was not guilty of trafficking crack cocaine and cocaine, or of possessing the prescription pills that Cherokee County Sheriff ’s Office narcotics agents seized during a 2015 raid.

In the case, investigators claimed that Reginald Scurry, formerly of Augusta, Ga., had verbally claimed the drugs that agents seized when they executed a search warrant at a Northgate Road home Sept. 28, 2015, and that Scurry signed a statement following a Sept. 29, 2015, interview admitting that he brought the drugs to Gaffney after buying them from a friend in Georgia.

Scurry testified in his own defense, however, that he never made such admissions.

“Law enforcement has an incredibly tough job dealing with the drug epidemic we have,” defense attorney John Reckenbeil said after the trial. “Like I said in my closing argument, we have a process that’s required. You cannot allow any sort of legal process and judicial process to be lessened in any way. I just appreciate the jury of Cherokee County residents seeing their responsibility in following the law.”

Scurry admitted being dropped off at the Northgate Road home to purchase drugs on the day of the raid, saying he had nothing but $60 and a cell phone in his pockets at the time. He said no one was home when he got there and that he was just leaning on a car outside the home, a car that once belonged to his mother, when police pulled up.

Investigators claimed Scurry was going into the vehicle when they arrived and that Scurry admitted there were drugs in the car and house when questioned.

Assistant Solicitor Matt Kendall noted during closing arguments that police seized 12.39 grams of cocaine, 21.15 grams of crack cocaine and 6 pills of the prescription painkiller Lortab.

While investigators claimed Scurry was living in the Northgate Road home, he and his girlfriend claimed he was living on Indiana Circle. Attorneys in the case argued over bond documents later filed in the case, one of which listed Scurry’s address as Northgate Road.

Scurry, who claimed he was a special education student growing up, said he only signed his name to the bond document to get out of jail and didn’t fill in any of the information.

Reckenbeil argued there was nothing tying Scurry to the Northgate Road home, such as utility bills or bank records, other than his presence on the day of the raid.

Kendall argued to the jury that Scurry’s testifying that he didn’t claim the drugs conflicted with the fact police made no other arrests of other people who lived there. “Mr. Scurry claimed these drugs and the evidence supported it,” Kendall told the jury.

Circuit Court Judge Keith Kelly presided over the trial, which began Tuesday.

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