Couple arrested on Valentine’s Day after Winthrop police find crack cocaine, pills during traffic stop

adouglas@heraldonline.comFebruary 17, 2014 

A routine traffic stop on Cherry Road in Rock Hill led Winthrop University police officers to arrest a woman and man on Valentine’s Day after finding them with crack cocaine, marijuana and prescription pills.

Eric Paul Cobb, 30, of Lake Wylie and Frances Atwood Ard, 27, of Rock Hill were arrested on Friday on drug charges, including one count each of intent to distribute crack cocaine, according to a Winthrop police report. The couple was pulled over near Winthrop’s campus, but they are not affiliated with the university, the report states.

After stopping Ard for driving at night without her car’s headlights on, Winthrop officers saw Cobb attempting to hid something while sitting in the passenger’s seat, according to the police report.

Officers conducted a pat down and found Cobb with three white crack cocaine “rocks” and 27 prescription pills wrapped in plastic in his sock, the report states. Ard had hypodermic needles and a small amount of marijuana in her jacket pocket, according to police.

Inside the car, the report states that officers found 22 other prescription pills and an open 12 ounce can of Bud Ice beer.

Ard and Cobb blamed each other for the drugs, according to the report, so officers charged them both with possession and charged Ard having an open container of alcohol in the car and driving without her car’s headlights on.

Both Ard and Cobb are currently on probation for other crimes, the report states. Police confiscated the pills, which were identified in the report as Fluoxetine, Cephalexin, Clonazepam and amphetamines.

Both bonds were set at $75,000. Cobb bailed out Saturday night. Ard was still being held at the Moss Justice Detention Center on Monday afternoon, according to the York County Sheriff’s Office website.

Anna Douglas •  803-329-4068

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