Loaded gun, drugs, scale found during traffic stop in Sangaree; driver arrested

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BERKELEY COUNTY, S.C. (WCBD) – A Summerville man is facing several drug-related charges following a traffic stop Tuesday evening.

Authorities say on January 30, deputies saw the driver of a 2006 BMW with an “equipment violation” in the area of Royle Road and North Main Street in the Sangaree area.

Following a traffic stop, “the deputy detected the pungent odor of burnt marijuana,” according to officials.

We’re told the driver, later identified as Belal Mahummad Smalls, 18, of Summerville, acknowledged that he had smoked marijuana earlier in the evening. Following a probable cause search, authorities say they found 311 grams of a green, plant-like material that field tested presumptive to be marijuana. The material was packaged into 13 bags and accompanied by scales. A loaded Ruger SR22 was also found inside of the vehicle. ‬

After being taken into custody, three tablets of Oxycodone Hydrochloride, a Schedule II controlled substance, were located in one of Smalls’ pockets. ‬

‪Smalls was transported to the Hill Finklea Detention Center pending a bond hearing. ‬

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