Convicted felons face drug, gun charges following Sangaree traffic stop

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BERKELEY COUNTY, S.C. (WCBD) — Two men are facing drug and gun-related charges following a traffic stop, Sunday morning. 

Joshua Zamora, 41, of Summerville, is charged with trafficking methamphetamines, possession of a stolen pistol, possession of a weapon during the commission of violent crime, and convicted felon in possession of a firearm. Kadeem Gaddist, 29, of North Charleston is charged with possession of heroin, unlawful carry of a pistol, possession of a stolen pistol, and convicted felon in possession of a firearm.

Authorities say deputies were working a license checkpoint on Sangaree Parkway early on April 1 when a black Ford Focus came through the checkpoint. The deputies noted that the vehicle had the odor of marijuana coming from it. The vehicle was then pulled to the side so the deputies could investigate the source of the odor.

The driver was identified as Zamora and the passenger was identified as Gaddist. 

Zamora had in his possession a bag of a white, crystal substance that field tested presumptive to be 13.9 grams of methamphetamine. The passenger had in his possession .5 gg of a substance that field tested presumptive to be heroin. Gaddist had a holster on his body but no pistol. Underneath the passenger’s seat was a loaded, Glock Model 30, .45 caliber pistol. On the back seat was a bookbag that contained a pink & black, SCCY CPX-2 9mm pistol. This pistol was listed as stolen from Dorchester County. During the investigation, it revealed that both Zamora and Gaddist are prohibited from possessing firearm and ammunition State and Federally.

Both men were transported to the Hill Finklea Detention Center.

At a bond hearing, Zamora was given the following bond amounts:

  • Sale or delivery of pistol to, and possession by, certain persons unlawful; stolen –    $10,000
  • Trafficking in meth. or cocaine base – 10 g or more, but less than 28 g – 1st offense –    $100,000
  • Possession of Firearm by a person convicted of a violent felony –  $10,000
  • Possession weapon during violent crime, if not also sentenced to life without parole – $10,000

Gaddist was given the following bond amounts: 

  • Unlawful carrying of a pistol – $5,000
  • Possession of narc. in Schedule I(b),(c), LSD & Schedule II – 1st offense – $10,000
  • Possession of Firearm or Ammunition by a person convicted of a violent felony – $10,000
  • Sale or delivery of pistol to, and possession by, certain persons unlawful; stolen pistol – $10,000

Both men are still in jail. 

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