2 men arrested on drug, assault charges

A cab driver and a Louisiana man were arrested early Sunday on Hilton Head Island on weapons and drug charges after allegedly beating another man, according to the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies were called to Cordillo Court Apartments, 104 Cordillo Parkway, at about 12:30 a.m. after a woman was heard screaming for help.

A deputy saw a Diamond Cab leave the area, stopped it and found about two pounds of marijuana in satchels stuffed underneath the passenger seat, along with 2.6 ounces of cocaine, baggies and a digital scale, said sheriff's spokeswoman Sgt. Robin McIntosh.

"It's a sizable amount -- certainly not the largest we've confiscated -- but that is significant in terms of taking that type of quantity off the street that would have gone for sale," McIntosh said.

The passenger, Tyson Jackson, 25, of Belle Rose, La., was charged with trafficking cocaine, possession with intent to distribute cocaine within a half-mile of a school or playground, possession with intent to deliver marijuana, possession of a firearm with serial number removed, possession of a firearm during commission of a violent crime, and second-degree assault and battery.

The driver, William Reeves, 33, of Hilton Head, was charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine, possession of a controlled substance, driving under suspension and bench warrants from Family Court.

Reeves has been charged in the past with criminal domestic violence, burglary, grand theft, marijuana possession and bench warrants from Family Court, according to the Beaufort County jail's online records.

A 36-year-old Hilton Head man told deputies he and a woman gave Jackson a ride to Cordillo Court Apartments and followed Jackson to his apartment. The man said he was caught by surprise and then beaten by Jackson and two other men who have not been identified.

The man suffered a cut to his hand and several bruises, according to a sheriff's report. He was treated and released at Hilton Head Hospital, McIntosh said.

Jackson then hopped in the cab driven by Reeves with the bags of marijuana and a small amount of cocaine, she said.

Deputies also found cocaine in Reeves' wallet, McIntosh said.

Jackson remained in the Beaufort County jail Monday evening.

Reeves' bond was $3,300 for the Family Court bench warrants, according to online jail records.

If convicted, Jackson faces up to more than 50 years in prison. Reeves faces up to more than 15 years in prison, if convicted, according to the 14th Judicial Circuit Solicitor's Office.