AK-47 left in car leads to gun, cocaine charges

AK-47 left in car leads to gun, cocaine charges


A Miami man was arrested in North Charleston after officers spotted an AK-47 style pistol on the floorboard of a car in which he was a passenger, a police report indicates.

North Charleston police say an officer was on foot patrol at Willy's Bar on Dorchester Road around 1:20 a.m. when he saw the gun laying in the front passenger floor board of a Nissan Altima. The officer was reportedly keeping an eye on the Altima from his patrol vehicle when three men left the club and approached the Nissan.

Johnnel Harris, 23, of Miami, FL, was arrested after returning to the vehicle with two other men, the report states. Harris had attempted to enter the front passenger side of the vehicle where the gun was located, and admitted to police the gun, a CAI PAP M92PV loaded with 22 rounds with one in the chamber, belonged to him, police say.

The other two men were then released, the report states.

Harris was transported to Charleston County Detention Center where a subsequent search uncovered an unknown pink crystal substance inside 20 gel cap-type pills concealed in the waistband of shorts he was wearing under his pants, the report states. Authorities say a field test determined the substance tested presumptive for the presence of cocaine.

Harris was charged with felony unlawful carry of a firearm and possession of cocaine. His bond was set at $35,000.

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