Downtown traffic stop leads to pills, gun & alcohol

Published: Sep. 11, 2013 at 5:15 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 11, 2013 at 5:34 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A 33-year-old Ladson man is behind bars after police say they found pills, alcohol and a gun during a traffic stop in downtown Charleston.

Stephen Lee Sexton was charged with three counts of possession of a controlled substance and unlawful carrying of a handgun.

On Tuesday night, a police officer was on patrol in the area of Morrison Drive and Mount Pleasant Street when he saw a red station wagon with a cover obstructing the vehicle's license plate.

The officer reported that after he stopped the car, he spoke to the driver, Sexton, and saw a pill bottle in one of the car door pockets. According to police, the officer found four separate types of pills in the pill bottle. An incident report states police found 47 pills of Alprazolam, 38 pills of Adderall and three pills of Lortab in the bottle.

Police say Sexton only had a prescription of Lortab on the bottle's label.

When the officer asked about the different types of pills in the bottle, Sexton said,"I just put them all in one bottle because they keep getting stolen, but I threw away the paperwork for the other medications while I was at the beach."

A police report states when the officer asked the passenger to step out of the vehicle, the officer saw a beer can sitting upright inside the pocket of the passenger door.

Police then asked if there was anything else illegal in the vehicle to which Sexton replied,"I have a gun. It's on my side in the car."

Authorities say they located a gun, with one round inside the chamber, inside a camouflage holster along with a magazine loaded with seven bullets.

The passenger in the vehicle was issued a ticket for open container in a vehicle.

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