The odor of marijuana was so strong that a Salisbury Police officer noticed it coming from a car that passed him on Monroe Street early on Thursday morning.
According to the report, the officer was driving on Monroe with his driver's side window down at about 12:30 Thursday morning. A white Honda passed the officer going in the opposite direction, and the officer said that the smell was so strong that he turned around and went after the Honda.
The driver of the Honda pulled over near the intersection of Monroe and Brenner Avenue. The officer noted that there were two occupants. The driver was identified as Zaccheaus Kadesh Smith, 19, of Spartanburg, SC.
The officer searched the car and found a marijuana cigarette under the driver's seat. A backpack in the backseat contained more marijuana, a marijuana grinder, digital scales, and a Springfield XDS 9 mm handgun loaded with seven Ruger hollow point bullets.
Smith told the officer that he had bought the gun "in the street" in South Carolina. The gun was later determined to have been stolen in South Carolina.
Smith was charged with possession of stolen goods, carrying a concealed weapon, drug possession, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond was set at $5000.