Two men were jailed on multiple charges, including weapons and drug charges, after they were pulled over in a stolen vehicle, according to the Aiken Department of Public Safety.
Willie Lee Carter Jr., 23, of Sundy Avenue in Aiken, was charged with possession of cocaine, simple possession of marijuana, possession of a stolen pistol, possession of a stolen automobile and driving under suspension. He was placed in the Aiken County detention center, where he remained on Friday afternoon.
Cammarion McKevie, 21, of Kimberly Acres Drive in Jackson, was charged with possession of a stolen pistol, unlawful carrying of a pistol, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and simple possession of marijuana. He was placed in the Aiken County detention center, where he remained on Friday afternoon.
An officer on patrol on Whiskey Road, at about 6:50 p.m. Wednesday, ran the tag of a four-door white Nissan that he saw, and the tag came back as stolen, according to an incident report.
The driver, Carter, and his passenger, McKevie, were removed from the vehicle and taken into custody. Officers mirandized and spoke with them, but Carter had something in his mouth that prevented him from speaking clearly.
Carter was ordered to spit the item to the ground, which he did, police said. The item was a clear plastic bag containing what police believed was marijuana.
Officers told Carter that the vehicle was listed as stolen, and he told them he borrowed it from some friends, police said.
McKevie was also found to have a quantity of the green plant-like substance in his possession, police said. Inside the vehicle, officers found a handgun on the floorboard that was determined to be stolen.
McKevie told police he was unaware there was a handgun in the vehicle, “despite it being on the floorboard next to his feet,” the report stated.
While speaking with officers, Carter said the gun was in the glove box when he got the car, and that he told McKevie to take the gun out of the glove box and put it on the floorboard when he was getting pulled over, according to the report. While Carter was being booked into the jail, officers found a partially folded dollar bill that contained a white powdery substance believed to be cocaine, police said. A test determined that the substance was cocaine.
Teddy Kulmala covers the crime and courts beat for the Aiken Standard and has been with the newspaper since August 2012. He is a native of Williston and majored in communication studies at Clemson University.