MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – Myrtle Beach Police officers found marijuana, cocaine, heroin, a loaded handgun and a counterfeit bill after pulling a man over Sunday night because his vehicle reeked of marijuana, according to a police report.
At about 6:47 p.m. Sunday, officers were on routine patrol on Carver Street when a car passed them, and they noticed a strong odor of marijuana as it passed, the police report states. They followed the vehicle to Hemingway Street, then on to Spivey Avenue, and stopped it based on the probable cause that the vehicle appeared to be emanating the odor of marijuana.
While the officers were speaking with the driver, later identified as 29-year-old William Joshua Vaught, he began to sweat, shake, and had difficulty focusing, the report states. Vaught handed the officers a dollar bill that contained green plant residue consistent with marijuana. Officers asked if there was marijuana in the car, and Vaught said yes. Officers asked if there was a weapon in the car, and he said there was.
Back-up arrived, and Vaught was brought out of the vehicle and handcuffed, according to the report. A black handgun loaded with five bullets was found in a holster in Vaught's waistband. Vaught told officers that he had a cigarette box with more contraband in it. Officers found three white rocks which field-tested positive for cocaine, and had a total weight of about 3.2 grams. There were also 24 wax slips in the box which contained a tan-colored powder that field-tested positive for heroin. Most of the slips were red and white and marked "Crazy Samurai" with a picture of a samurai. Three slips were green and red with a picture of a dragon.
Officers searched the vehicle and found two herb grinders with a green plant-like material residue, two digital scales with residue, a partially-burnt marijuana cigarette, and a bag that contained 3.1 grams of material that field-tested positive for marijuana, the report states. Officers also found a $50 that was determined to be counterfeit.
Vaught was transported to Myrtle Beach Jail, and the vehicle was released to the registered owner.