BERKELEY COUNTY, S.C. (WCSC) - The smell of marijuana and an object being thrown from a vehicle stopped along I-26 Tuesday led to the arrest of a man who is now facing drug charges.
Joseph Singleton III, 39, is charged with possession with the intent to distribute marijuana, possession of Schedule IV narcotics and unlawful carry of a firearm, deputies say.
A Berkeley County deputy was behind Singleton’s car on I-26 Tuesday when the deputy smelled the distinct odor of marijuana, according to a post on the sheriff’s office’s Facebook page. Investigators described the odor as “overwhemling” and said it was obvious it was emanating from the vehicle in front of the deputy’s car.
The deputy followed the vehicle for two to three miles and said there were no other vehicles in the area.
The deputy then conducted a traffic stop and saw Singleton throw something out of the window, the post states. Deputies say Singleton was then removed from the vehicle and detained and the item he threw out of the window retrieved.
Deputies say a search of the vehicle produced two Mason glass jars that contained a green plant-like material that had a combined weight of approximately 70 grams and field tested positive for marijuana. They also found 136 green rectangle pills that were identified as Alprazolam (Xanax) by the stamp ID3. The pills were located in a USPS mailing box that was opened, the post states. Deputies also located THC oil vials and a black handgun in the driver-side door panel.
Singleton told deputies he had a CWP card, but when the Deputy ran his information through dispatch, it was discovered that he does not possess a CWP card.
Singleton was being held at the Hill-Finklea Detention Center.