In Beaufort, illegal window tint leads to drug, gun charges

info@islandpacket.comMarch 2, 2013 

Two northern Beaufort County men face drug and weapons charges after being pulled over last week for having illegally tinted windows, according to a Beaufort County Sheriff's Office report.

Dewarn Quintrell Wright, 30, of Burton, was driving on Boundary Street in Beaufort at about 6:30 p.m. Thursday when a deputy noticed excessively dark windows on his Chevrolet pickup, the report said. The tint was later found to be darker than the legal limit.

During the traffic stop, deputies smelled marijuana and later discovered a substance on Wright's pants that appeared to be the drug, the report said. Deputies also discovered about 7.5 ounces of crack cocaine, including a small "rock" that allegedly fell from Wright's pants during a search.

A loaded Glock handgun and drug paraphernalia, including digital scales, razor blades and plastic baggies, also were found in the truck, according to the report.

Neither Wright nor passenger Richard Vernon Moon, admitted owning the gun, the report said. Both men, who have prior convictions for violent crime, were charged with unlawful possession of a pistol and unlawful carrying of a pistol.

In addition to the gun charges, Wright was charged with possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine, the report said. He posted bond Saturday , according to Beaufort County Detention Center records.

Moon, 28, of St. Helena Island, also was charged with marijuana possession and introduction of contraband to the detention center after a strip search uncovered a bag of marijuana. He also is accused of giving false information to police and had five active bench warrants.

Jail records show Moon is free after posting bond Friday .

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