Downtown Charleston traffic stop leads to drug, gun arrest

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A man was arrested Tuesday on several narcotic and gun charges after police pulled his car over during a routine traffic stop.

According to Charleston police, officers conducted a traffic stop around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday near Columbus and Meeting streets. James Javon Smith, 24, of 1726 Ashley Hall Rd. was driving the vehicle.

The traffic stop was initiated after a police officer observed a Chevy Malibu, driven by Smith, disregard the red traffic signal at Columbus Street and Meeting Street.

When the officer approached the vehicle, he smelled a strong odor of burnt marijuana coming from the vehicle. A subsequent search of the vehicle led to the confiscation of 29 grams of crack cocaine, 11 grams of cocaine, .6 grams of heroin, 2.4 grams of marijuana, two ecstasy pills, a stolen handgun and $1,432 in cash.

After the traffic stop, Smith was charged with disregarding a traffic signal, possession of ecstasy, possession of marijuana, trafficking cocaine base, possession with intent to distribute Heroin, trafficking cocaine, unlawful carrying of a handgun and possession of a stolen handgun.

Smith was being held in the Charleston County Detention Center.

The investigation is ongoing.

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