An Aiken man who apparently sold marijuana in exchange for Mexican pesos was detained on Thursday, according to the Aiken Department of Public Safety.
Quinton Thomas Taylor, 22, of Allison Street, was charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was placed in the Aiken County detention center, where he remained on Friday afternoon. Taylor was pulled over while driving his moped on Richland Avenue on Thursday because the moped didn’t have a tag on it, according to a report. As Taylor stepped off the moped and removed his wallet to get his ID card, the officer noticed a “gold foil package” protruding from Taylor’s left jacket pocket.
The gold foil was a wrapper that commonly contains cigar rolling papers or complete cigars commonly used to roll “blunts,” according to the report.
When the officer asked Taylor if he had any marijuana on him, Taylor responded, “Yes, but it’s more than you think,” according to the report.
Taylor had a large bag containing many smaller bags in his pocket, with each bag containing a leafy, green substance Taylor said was marijuana, according to the report. Taylor told the officer he sells marijuana “as a means to pay his bills,” the report stated.
Taylor also had several peso bills in his pocket, according to the report. He told the officer that the “Mexicans” pay him in pesos for marijuana that he sells them.
Teddy Kulmala covers the crime beat for the Aiken Standard. He is a graduate of Clemson University and hails from Williston.