BERKELEY COUNTY, S.C.–A Summerville man is behind bars and facing numerous drug charges.
On the evening of January 30, 2018 a deputy with the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office observed a 2006 BMW with an equipment violation in the area of Royle Road and North Main Street in the Sangaree area. Upon stopping the vehicle, the deputy detected the pungent odor of burnt marijuana.
According to the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office, the driver acknowledged that he had smoked marijuana earlier in the evening. A probable cause search of the BMW resulted in the location of 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 located in the vehicle.
The driver was identified as Belal Smalls, 18 of Avonshire in Summerville. Upon being taken into custody, three tablets of Oxycodine Hydrocholride, a Schedule II controlled substance were located in one of Smalls’ pockets.
Smalls was transported to the Hill Finklea Detention Center pending warrant service and a bond hearing.