Man lights glass pipe in road, facing drug-related charges

Gene Rhoden Britt, 40, of Jamestown

BERKELEY COUNTY, S.C. (WCBD) — A Lowcountry man is facing charges after authorities saw him attempt to light a glass pipe in the middle of the street in Berkeley County, according to police.

Gene Rhoden Britt, 40, of Jamestown is charged with felon in possession of a firearm, unlawful carry of a firearm, possession of methamphetamines, simple possession of marijuana, possession of other controlled substances.

Authorities say, just after 11 p.m. on December 19, Berkeley County deputies, on foot patrol in the 1500 block of Church Street in Bonneau, watched the driver of a silver Suzuki sedan stop in the middle of the road and then take out a glass pipe up to his lips — attempting to use a lighter on the bottom of it.

The deputies removed both the driver and passenger from the vehicle.

The driver, Britt, was seen shoving the glass pipe down between the driver’s seat and the center console.

When confronted, Britt accused the deputy of planting it, according to a news release.

The glass tube was secured and found to contain a white rock-like substance that field tested presumptive to be cocaine.

A loaded Glock, Model 22 with a 30 round magazine was found on the back seat, plastic bags containing a green leaf-like substance that field tested to be marijuana and two doses of Suboxone, a controlled substance used to treat addiction. Britt is a convicted felon and prohibited from possessing a firearm.

Britt remains in the Hill Finklea Detention Center on a surety bond of $40,615.

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