Traffic Stop Leads to Burglary Arrests

JASPER COUNTY (November 19, 2010 4:00 P.M.) – On November 15, 2010 members of the Beaufort/Jasper Multi Agency Drug Task Force (DTF)with the assistance of the Federal Bureau of Investigations (Beaufort) and detectives from Jasper County arrested three suspects for Burglary, Conspiracy to Commit Burglary, and weapons offences.

At approximately 11:00 Monday night, DTF members conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle being operated by Ernesto Martinez-Trejo in the area of Argent Boulevard and U.S. 278 in Jasper County.  Investigators learned that Martinez-Trejo was operating a motor vehicle with no driver’s license.  Investigators also identified two additional passengers in the vehicle as Darren Mahaffey and Justin Simmons. 

While interviewing the subjects in the vehicle, it was determined that they had a handgun along with other items used while committing burglaries and other crimes.  A search warrant was obtained for the vehicle and resulting in the recovery of gloves, masks, a stun gun, and a handgun from the vehicle.

Further investigation revealed the three suspects had committed a burglary at a business on Low Country Dr in Jasper County earlier in the night, and had planned to commit another burglary at a private residence on Pine Arbor Rd (also in Jasper County) but were deterred due to being stopped.

For further information regarding the completed burglary, please contact the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office

All suspects were arrested and charged as follows:

Arrested:

Ernesto Marinez-Trejo (23)
23 Tilling Hast Cir, Bluffton

Charges:

  • No SC Driver’s License
  • Burglary
  • Conspiracy to Commit Burglary
  • Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by an Illegal Alien 

Darren Steven Mahaffey (21)
50 Marshland Rd Apt 18 Hilton Head

Charges:

  • Burglary
  • Conspiracy to Commit Burglary
  • Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon 

Justin Ramon Simmons (24)
897 Fording Island Rd Apt 913 Bluffton

Charges:

  • Burglary
  • Conspiracy to Commit Burglary
  • Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon
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