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Downtown Charleston traffic stop leads to arrests for drugs, gun

Smith and Lancit (Source: CCSO) Smith and Lancit (Source: CCSO)

A downtown Charleston traffic stop led to the arrest of two North Charleston men on drug and weapon charges.

The Charleston Police Department charged 20-year-old Santerio Bernard Maurice Smith with possession of cocaine base, speeding and first-offense driving under suspension.

Police also charged 28-year-old Calvin Lancit with trafficking cocaine and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime.

The charges stem from a Dec. 10 incident on Meeting and Lee streets where police initiated a traffic stop around 8:30 p.m. for a motorist who was reportedly driving 70 mph in a 50 mph zone.

While talking to the passenger, an officer reported smelling an odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. When the officer asked about the odor, the passenger said he had "smoked weed" about an hour before the traffic stop.

A check of the vehicle showed it was a rental vehicle which did not indicate Smith as the authorized driver.

The officers searched the vehicle and confiscated 12.5 grams of cocaine. .020 grams of cocaine base, a handgun and five cellphones.

Police are continuing the investigation.

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