NORTH CHARLESTON (WCSC) - Police charged a North Charleston man with cocaine trafficking Monday night after finding nearly 60 grams of the white powdery substance on him after a traffic stop, a report states.
A North Charleston Police Department officer said he was driving on Verde Avenue just before 6 p.m. when a he noticed a cream-colored Lincoln Town Car approach a stop sign at Rivers Avenue with the left turn signal on.
The officer said as he pulled up behind the car, the driver switched on his right turn signal and turned right onto Rivers Avenue, failing to yield to oncoming traffic. The officer then initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle, near Gullah Avenue, and as he exited the cruiser he noticed the passenger in the Town Car trying to get out of the vehicle.
The officer said he had to tell him twice to sit back down before the passenger, 29-year-old Donald Sharron Smalls, complied. The officer said the driver and Smalls seemed to be very extremely nervous, and then the officer said he saw a clear plastic bag filled with a white powdered substance on the passenger floorboard.
After calling for backup, the officer made both men get out of the car, and then noticed a plastic bag filled with the substance fall to the ground. The officer said because the bag was ripped, some of the substance landed on the door panel as Smalls opened the door.
During a field test, that substance tested positive for cocaine, the report states. Then officers searched Smalls, and found almost 36 grams of cocaine in his pants. He was arrested and taken to Charleston County Detention Center, where officers found another 24 grams of cocaine.
Smalls was granted a $100,000 bond.
The driver, 28-year-old David Allen Tisdale, who was driving with a revoked license, was charged with violation of a habitual offender.