Kershaw deputies busted a Columbia man Monday with heroin, crack cocaine and a handgun which was outfitted with an extended magazine and laser sight.
Javonta Marquis Wells, 23, of Faraway Drive in Columbia, was charged with trafficking heroin, trafficking crack cocaine, possession of a firearm during a violent crime and unlawful carrying of a firearm.
Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews said in a news release that Wells is a convicted felon with an extensive criminal record. The sheriff’s office has contacted the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to see if they will prosecute Wells federally on a gun charge.
“There is no reason why Wells should be on the street with all of his prior arrests,” Matthews said.
At about 6:30 p.m. Monday, narcotics officers spotted a Toyota 4Runner on Smyrna Road in Elgin. It was “occupied by known narcotics violators,” officials said.
When deputies stopped the SUV, the female driver admitted to having marijuana in the vehicle – and said she thought another one of the passengers had drugs as well, officials said.
Investigators found a Crown Royal bag hidden in Wells’ pants, according to the sheriff’s office. Investigators found 24 grams of heroin, 15 grams of crack and a pistol – with an extended magazine containing 20 rounds of ammunition – in the bag.
Wells was taken to the Kershaw County Detention Center, where he is confined under a $135,000 bond.