Man arrested after Charleston police seize $10,000, marijuana

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) – Charleston police officers arrested a man on drug charges after seizing over $10,000 and almost 9 ounces of marijuana during a residential search Tuesday night.

According to Charleston police, officers were patrolling the area of Dupont Road around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday in reference to a citizen complaint of two males with handguns in the area. The suspects were described as black males with thin build, medium height and wearing all black. Officers witnessed one black male fitting the description, run from a nearby apartment to a vehicle. The man told police that he was visiting a friend in apartment 20.

According to the police report, officers knocked on the door at apartment 20 and Kenneth Jamar Gillard answered. At that time, officers say they smelled marijuana coming from inside the apartment. When asked about the marijuana, the police report states that Gillard told police he had been "smoking weed earlier," but there was no marijuana present in the apartment.

Gillard then gave officers consent to search the apartment, the release states. During the search, officers found 0.25 grams of a green plant substance consistent with marijuana in one of the bedrooms. Police also located a digital scale, a box of sandwich baggies, a small black notebook containing narcotics transaction logs and $7,825 in cash. Officers also discovered an additional $2,455 in the dresser drawer of the second bedroom.

Officers also noticed an open bathroom window, which police say was suspicious because the outside temperature was in the 40's. One officer then went outside and found a white plastic bag approximately 12 feet from the bathroom window. The plastic sack contained 14 separate clear baggies containing 8.9 ounces of marijuana.

Gillard, 28, was charged with possession to distribute marijuana and was transported to Charleston County Detention Center.

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