A man on home confinement traded in his ankle bracelet for handcuffs. It all started when police got a tip during a traffic stop about a suspected drug dealer.
South Charleston police say they found more than 100 grams of marijuana packaged and ready to sell, and $700 dollars cash at Bernie Mallory’s home on Saturday.
Now, Mallory is out of his ankle brace and in jail. He had been on home confinement for possession of a stolen vehicle.
Police say the drugs were a surprising find on an usually quiet street, and neighbors say they're just as shocked to find out a suspected drug dealer lived nearby.
Police say drugs are a problem in certain areas of the city, but getting them off the street early is key to stopping even bigger issues.
They are all problems that many people may not have to worry about, now that the drugs are out of their neighborhood.
Police say Mallory is charged with possession with intent to distribute and a home confinement violation and is now in the South Central Regional Jail. He was on home confinement for possession of a stolen car.