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Arrest in Shallotte leads to cocaine trafficking conviction

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By Brian Slattery

A Myrtle Beach man arrested last year in Shallotte was convicted of cocaine trafficking May 8.

Tristan Jaymar McNeil, 27 of Halyard Way, Myrtle Beach, S.C., was convicted in Brunswick County Superior Court for trafficking in cocaine.

McNeil was arrested Feb. 4, 2012, at a motor-vehicle violation checking station conducted by the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Traffic Unit in Shallotte. 

McNeil attempted to avoid the checking station, but was stopped and found in possession of 48 grams of cocaine—the equivalent of 400 street doses, according to EmilyFlax, Brunswick County Sheriff's Office public information officer.

Flax added BCSO Vice-Narcotics Unit also assisted in the arrest.

A motion to suppress the checking station was made but was denied by Superior Court Judge Mary Ann Tally.

McNeil pleaded no contest to the charges.

He was sentenced to a minimum of 35 months in prison with a maximum of 42 months, plus a $50,000 fine.

McNeil has already served 15 months in the Brunswick County Detention Facility.