Artez Barrett Anthony, 22, of the 2000 block of Third Street, was pulled over for a window tint violation at 11:40 a.m., according to a Richmond County sheriff’s report.
Deputy Richard Palocsik said he noticed a strong odor of marijuana coming from the black Chevrolet Lumina as he approached it. When he told Anthony why he had been pulled over, Anthony said he knew it was too dark and he would take care of it. He also informed Palocsik he had a loaded gun on the front seat, the report says.
Palocsik asked Anthony to get out of the car and put him in handcuffs for “officer safety,” and called for backup. When help arrived, took the gun and saw marijuana stems in the ash tray. Palocsik and the other officer searched the car and found two plastic bags and a jar of marijuana in the trunk with digital scales. They also found plastic baggies and four cellphones.
Anthony was booked into the Richmond County jail on charges of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of a firearm or knife during a crime and driving with improper windshield and wipers. His bond was set at $8,040, according to the jail Web site.