ORANGEBURG, SC (WCSC) - A typical traffic stop turned into a drug bust for a few Orangeburg County Sheriff's investigators.
According to investigators, David Anthony Bennett was stopped for a seat belt violation around 2 p.m. Wednesday afternoon.
While Bennett's white Honda was stopped in an Orangeburg shopping mall off St. Matthews Road, investigators noticed a pair of brass knuckles on the seat beside the subject.
As investigators reached in to take the brass knuckles, they noticed the smell of marijuana coming from a canvas bag in the vehicle.
According to the warrant, they found a little over 80 grams of marijuana.
A closer search of the vehicle turned up a 9 mm pistol that was discovered to have been stolen, digital scales, cash, and packing materials.
After Bennett was placed in a law enforcement vehicle, he began cursing at the officers and damaged a window by kicking it.
According to the incident report, Bennett told officers, "You don't know who you are ******* with, you will ****around and end up somewhere with a bullet in your head."
Sheriff Leroy Ravenell said that as a result of the traffic stop, David Anthony Bennett, 23, of Orangeburg, was charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana, unlawful carrying of a pistol, possession of a stolen pistol, malicious injury to personal property, and threatening the life of a public official.
"These are serious charges," Ravenell said. "We take these offenses very seriously."
Orangeburg County magistrate Jacob Gillens set bond during a hearing Thursday on the St. Ann Street man at $36,092 for all five charges.
The court informed Bennett the bond amount for the content and "fervor" implied by the warrant for the threatening the life of a public official charge was set at $10,000 alone.