An Aiken man who was found sleeping with his girlfriend in a car outside of an abandoned home was jailed after police found a pound of marijuana and 27 grams of cocaine in the car, according to the Wagener Police Department.
Uriah Williams, 34, was arrested Saturday and charged with trafficking meth or cocaine base 10 grams or more but less than 28 grams and possession of a schedule V substance with intent to distribute. He was placed in the Aiken County detention center under a $40,000 bond and was released Monday.
An officer on patrol at about 1:30 a.m. Saturday saw a vehicle parked outside an abandoned home on Seivern Road, according to Officer Jacob Winburn. The officer approached the vehicle and saw a man and woman asleep inside. When asked by the officer what they were doing there, the male suspect, Williams, said he had just bought the home and was sleeping in the car with his girlfriend, Winburn said. After asking Williamsí girlfriend to exit the vehicle, the officer noticed a strong smell of marijuana coming from inside the car.
While the officer spoke with the female suspect, Williams exited the car and began walking toward them, Winburn said. Williams reached into his pocket, pulled something out and threw it on the ground, police said.
The officer told Williams not to move, but Williams picked the item up, put it in his mouth and began chewing it and then swallowed it, Winburn said.
In the trunk of the vehicle was a book bag containing two gallon-size zipper bags of a leafy, green substance believed to be marijuana, Winburn said. It also contained an e-cigarette packaging filled with a white, powdery substance and another bag containing a white, rock substance, about 27 grams altogether, police said.
Winburn said police are still waiting for the chemical analysis of the substances to come back. Because Williams swallowed the item in his mouth, he was taken to a hospital to be examined before being taken to jail. He never told officers what the item was, they said.
Williamsí girlfriend will not be charged, Winburn said.
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.