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Police find Rock Hill couple ‘hot boxing’ marijuana in car

By Jonathan McFadden
jmcfadden@heraldonline.com
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    Roger Burris
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    Carla Sudduth

ROCK HILL Two people who Rock Hill police questioned about a possible suspect with a gun sat in a car filled with smoke that smelled like marijuana, but explained to authorities that they were not smoking weed. Instead, they claimed they were “hot boxing” the car.

Police at about 8:50 p.m. responded to Cauthen Street after receiving calls about a man with a gun, according to a Rock Hill police report. An officer began walking down the street to find who called about the shooting and came upon a man and woman sitting in a white 1995 Chevrolet Monte Carlo parked in front of a house. He knocked on the driver’s side window.

Carla Sudduth, 44, of Rock Hill opened the door, the report states, allowing marijuana smoke to plume in front of the officer, the report states. The policeman asked Sudduth if she and the passenger, Roger Burris, 42, were smoking pot. She told him “no.” Burris told officers that he was “hot boxing the vehicle” while waiting to pick up a friend. Hot boxing is a process whereby people smoke marijuana in an enclosed space so that the fumes can waft through the air and maximize the effect of using the drug.

In the car, police found a 40-ounce bottle of beer sitting between Burris’ feet. There was another bottle on the sidewalk near the car. Police arrested Burris and searched Sudduth, who they found with two hydrocodone pills stored in cellophane wrapping. They also found 14 blue Valium pills at the bottom of her purse. Sudduth admitted to officers that she crushes the pills and snorts them to dull her pain. The report does not indicate if officers found any marijuana.

Police charged Burris with open container of beer, and Sudduth was charged with two counts of possession of hydrocodone.

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