Cops: Man caught with pot, pistol during traffic stop on King St

Christopher Price (Source: Cashbond)
Christopher Price (Source: Cashbond)

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Police say they arrested a man early Wednesday morning after finding almost an ounce of marijuana and a handgun inside his SUV during a traffic stop on King Street.

Charleston Police Department officers pulled over a 2007 dark green GMC Yukon near the corner of King and Calhoun streets just before 2 a.m. after watching the driver make an illegal lane change across a solid white line.

Officers said as soon as they approached the car, they could detect the smell of marijuana coming from the SUV. Both occupants in the car admitted to smoking marijuana inside the Yukon earlier in the day, but they didn't have drugs on them.

Police said they frisked both men and discovered .95 of an ounce of marijuana, valued at $280, hidden in the groin and buttocks area of the driver, Christopher Price. Police said they also found a bag containing 34 pink and blue pills which Price said was MDMA.

However, police tested the drugs which yielded negative results for MDMA, according to the incident report.

Officers continued to search the vehicle and found a Smith & Wesson handgun loaded with .40 caliber hollow-point bullets in the glove box of the SUV. Price admitted that the gun was his, and also admitted to being a convicted of assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature, police said.

Police said Price also had over $2,000 in cash on him.

He was taken to the Charleston County Detention Center and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of a firearm during the transport of marijuana, and possession of a firearm by convicted violent felon.

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