20 pounds of pot found in Augusta bus station arrest

Charles Smith Jr



A South Carolina man is facing charges after police say they caught him trafficking about 20 pounds of marijuana on a Greyhound bus.

According to a Richmond County Sheriff’s Office incident report, police received a tip Tuesday that “a quantity of marijuana” would be coming through the city by Greyhound.

Police met the 317 bus at the Greene Street terminal about 11 p.m. and requested driver and passenger cooperation while a drug dog conducted an open air sniff on the bus.

The dog led police to the baggage of Charles Edward Smith Jr., who told police he was in possession of marijuana.

Smith, 28, of Hemingway, S.C., was escorted from the bus, but then fled from officers while handcuffed. Police engaged in a brief altercation with the suspect before regaining control.

Police located two bundles of about 20 pounds of marijuana in Smith’s luggage.

Smith was booked into the Richmond County jail on charges of trafficking marijuana and obstruction of a law enforcement officer.