Authorities have arrested a 19-year-old man accused of dealing crack near a school and carrying a stolen pistol in North Charleston.
The North Charleston Police Department charged Willis Terrell Ivey of Goose Creek with intent to distribute crack near a school and unlawful carrying of a firearm.
A police officer was conducting patrols in the area of Calvert Street due to recent shootings, and saw three people standing next to a Ford F-150 in an empty lot next to Calvert Street.
According to investigators, as the officer left the patrol car to make contact with the three, Ivey, who was sitting on the F-150, stood up and quickly walked to the front of the truck. Police say the suspect then removed an item from his waistband and tossed it to the ground. The officer said he then observed that the item tossed was a black colored pistol.
A police report states that a plastic baggie that contained a quantity of off-white rock substance was found next to where the pistol was recovered. The substance tested for cocaine and weighed 8 grams.
The suspect was asked why he needed the gun and said that he needed it for protection. Police then asked the suspect about the drugs and the suspect said it weighed 7 grams because he admitted to weighing it himself.
As the officer was unloading the pistol, the suspect warned the officer that it was loaded with one round in the chamber. Authorities say the pistol was also found to be stolen from Berkeley County.
The suspect was locked up at the Charleston County Detention Center.
He was also charged with possession of a stolen pistol, possession with intent to distribute cocaine base.