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The S.C. State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) is investigating a traffic stop involving the son of a councilman in Wagener, South Carolina – a small, rural town in Aiken County. In face one source at the agency tells FITS there’s an even broader probe underway into other incidents of “selective” law enforcement.

News of the traffic stop – first reported by FITS – involved the son of councilman George Smith, who was pulled over Saturday night traveling 70 miles per hour in a 30 mile per hour zone. In addition to speeding, Smith’s son was also reportedly under the influence of alcohol at the time he was pulled over.

Now, for the sake of argument let’s assume that (God forbid) you were driving through Wagener, S.C. late one evening at more than twice the speed limit – drunk off your ass.

Do you seriously think the cops would let you off?

Hell no … you’d have been charged with driving under the influence (DUI) and have been given a $200 ticket for speeding. And you’d have spent the night in the pokey.

But Smith’s son wasn’t arrested – nor was he given a ticket. He wasn’t even administered a field sobriety test. In fact he was permitted to get into his parents’ car and travel home with them – at the councilman’s request.

Wow …

Anyway, sources tell FITS the SLED probe is focused on a much bigger problem.

“The police pour out liquor and pocket drugs when they catch someone,” one source told us. “No one knows what the police are doing with the drugs … it is a wide open town.”

There are even rumors that officers in nearby Swansea, S.C. are involved in some sort of “jurisdictional tradeoff” regarding seized drugs.

Our source at SLED confirmed there was a “Swansea component” to the agency’s investigation, but declined to specify the nature of that connection.

Obviously this website supports the decriminalization of all drugs – but the liberty to get high does not extend to individuals operating a motor vehicle. Moreover we cannot have law enforcement selectively applying the existing laws – no matter how much we disagree with those laws.

Anyway, count on FITS to keep our readers in the loop on this latest example of small town South Carolina corruption …

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