WEST ASHLEY, SC (WCSC) - Investigators say a 26-year-old man is behind bars after he attempted to stop a police officer from locating drugs and a gun in his car during a traffic stop in West Ashley.
On Tuesday night, two Charleston police officers on routine patrol on Savannah Highway and Savage Road spotted a car with a defective tag light.
Officers then stopped the car in the area of 2321 Applebee Way and told the driver, 26-year-old Raymond Mitchell, the reason why they stopped his vehicle. A police report states officers detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from the inside of Mitchell's car.
When one of the officers asked Mitchell if there was any illegal contraband, Mitchell said,"No."
The officer then told Mitchell that she could smell marijuana coming from the car, and asked Mitchell to step out of the vehicle. Authorities say officers located several "blunt packs," used to smoke marijuana, and several clear plastic bags in the car.
A police report states as one of the officers opened the trunk of the car and lifted a cover, Mitchell said,"Please don't do that," and attempted to grab the officer's wrist.
It was at this time, the officer said she noticed a silver hang gun and a white digital scale in the trunk. According to investigators, Mitchell turned away from the officer and started to walk away.
Officers then detained Mitchell and placed him in the back of their patrol car.
Investigators say an officer also noticed that the hinged door that covers the gas cap compartment of the car was slightly ajar. An incident report states officers then located two plastic bags containing a green leafy substance in the compartment.
A total of 21 grams of marijuana was found in the two plastic bags. Officers say they located more than $1700 in cash on Mitchell.