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Woman is accused of scamming her friend


CHARLESTON, S.C. --- Charleston police say a woman who claimed to be a cancer patient and allegedly scammed a friend of more than $50,000 has turned herself in.

Charleston Police spokesman Charles Francis says 41-year-old Brandi Michelle Reeves surrendered to police Thursday. Francis says Reeves turned herself in after seeing and hearing news accounts.

The victim says a woman moved into her house last September, saying she had cancer and no money to pay for treatment. The victim says she wrote checks for $53,000 before discovering the woman was not ill. Reeves is charged with obtaining goods by false pretenses.

$10 million in cocaine found hidden in truck

FLORENCE, S.C. --- Florence County deputies say $10 million worth of cocaine found hidden in a tractor-trailer full of furniture is the largest drug bust in the agency's history.

Authorities say a drug-sniffing dog alerted deputies to the drugs during a Thursday morning traffic stop on Interstate 95.

Investigators say there was about 233 pounds of cocaine. The 18-wheeler was registered to a Florida moving company.

Deputies say they released the driver and a passenger because they don't think they knew someone hid cocaine in their truck. Investigators are still trying to determine who put the cocaine in the 18-wheeler and where the drugs were going.

In other news

SUMTER POLICE SAY THEY have arrested three people in connection with a body found in the trunk of a car. Investigators said a relative of 34-year-old William Robinson called police after he disappeared Wednesday. Authorities say his car was found at an apartment complex.



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