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South Congaree PD makes pot bust, nets stolen gun

South Congaree, SC (Paul Kirby) – South Congaree Police Office Stone took a half pound of pot, a substantial amount of money, and a stolen gun off the street Tuesday night. This all went down at the Citgo at the intersection of Pine and Main Streets in the heart of the town.

According to Officer Stone, he was at the Citgo enjoying a hot cup of coffee since the temperature was a chilly 19 degrees. He was standing beside his cruiser when Dayquan Phillips, along with several passengers in his vehicle pulled up at the gas pumps. Phillips, who was behind the wheel of his mother’s car, sat in the car while a backseat passenger got out to go into the store. Officer Stone said when the passenger got out, the parking lot was immediately filled with the smell of marijuana. At that point, Stone approached the vehicle and made contact with Phillips. The smell of the weed gave the officer probable cause, so Stone told Phillips he was going to search the car.

While looking through the vehicle, Officer Stone found almost a half-pound of marijuana in two Mason jars, a semi-automatic handgun with one regular clip as well as an extended clip, a digital scale, plastic zip bags for dividing the weed for sale, and an open bottle of cognac. Phillips also had $1,405 in cash which Stone believed to be the proceeds of previous drug transactions.

When Stone ran Phillips’ identification, he found that his driver’s license was suspended, and he had General Session court bench warrants in Lexington County. After running the serial number on the pistol, it was discovered that it had been stolen out of South Congaree during a burglary that happened last year. At that point, Officer Stone placed Phillips under arrest and charged him with multiple counts related to the items he had discovered.

Phillips was transported to the the Lexington County Detention Center where he has been booked on multiple charges. He will have to stay there while he awaits a bond hearing and the disposition of his General Session warrants.

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