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2011-UP-454 - State v. Watts

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THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA
In The Court of Appeals

The State, Respondent,

v.

Mitchell Douglas Watts, Appellant.


Appeal From Greenville County
 John C. Few, Circuit Court Judge


Unpublished Opinion No. 2011-UP-454
Submitted October 1, 2011 – Filed October 11, 2011   


AFFIRMED


Appellate Defender Elizabeth A. Franklin-Best, of Columbia, for Appellant.

Attorney General Alan Wilson, Chief Deputy Attorney General John W. McIntosh, Assistant Deputy Attorney General Salley W. Elliott, and Senior Assistant Attorney General Harold M. Coombs, Jr., all of Columbia; and Solicitor W. Walter Wilkins, III, of Greenville, for Respondent.

PER CURIAM:  Mitchell Douglas Watts appeals his conviction for trafficking cocaine base (crack cocaine), arguing the trial court erred in allowing the State to elicit opinion testimony from a police officer, who was not an expert witness, identifying the drugs taken into evidence as crack cocaine.  We affirm[1] pursuant to Rule 220(b)(1), SCACR, and the following authorities: State v. Johnson, 324 S.C. 38, 41, 476 S.E.2d 681, 682 (1996) (finding an issue not preserved for review when appellant made no contemporaneous objection at trial to the testimony claimed to be erroneously admitted and did not raise the issue at any point during trial); State v. Varvil, 338 S.C. 335, 339, 526 S.E.2d 248, 250 (Ct. App. 2000) (finding that constitutional arguments not raised to the trial court were not preserved for appellate review and were deemed waived on appeal).  

AFFIRMED.

SHORT, WILLIAMS, and GEATHERS, JJ., concur.


[1] We decide this case without oral argument pursuant to Rule 215, SCACR.