Police: Car rental dispute leads to arrest of cocaine dealer

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Investigators say a car rental dispute led to the arrest of a cocaine dealer after officers found drugs and a gun in a car in North Charleston.

The North Charleston Police Department charged 24-year-old Jaswant Tanier Haskell with trafficking of cocaine base and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

On Wednesday afternoon, officers responded to the parking lot of the Festival Center on 2500 City Hall Lane in reference to an incident involving a rental car. The victim said he had rented a vehicle from Haskell and followed him to the center's parking lot to get it back.

When he tried to get the vehicle back, the victim said Haskell threatened him. Haskell was then seen going into the Upscale Barber Shop where officers attempted to get the vehicle back for the victim.

When a K-9 unit arrived to conduct a perimeter check on the vehicle, the dog alerted authorities to the car. A police report states that Haskell signed a written consent to unlock the vehicle with a police tool since there were no keys to unlock the vehicle.

Officers say they found 11.2 grams of cocaine base in the driver's door, center console and in the glove box; 4.6 grams of a green plant material that tested positive for marijuana; 1.1 grams of a white powder substance that tested presumptive for cocaine and a handgun in the center console.

According to police, the keys to the car and a second identification card belonging to Haskell were found at the barber shop's bathroom. Investigators say the suspect had denied having the keys to the vehicle and gave a false name when officers started the investigation.

The suspect told police that he's had two identification cards for a long time.

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