Augusta man pulled for speeding in North Augusta, police find drugs, loaded gun in car

May 2, 2019

An Augusta man now faces multiple felony charges in Aiken County connected to an arrest Tuesday afternoon, where investigators found a large amount of drugs in his possession after a search conducted during a traffic stop on Interstate 520 in North Augusta.

Antonio Rodriquez Reid, 30, of Kelly Street in Augusta, is being charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of scheduled narcotics, unlawful carrying of a pistol and giving false information to police, according to the North Augusta Department of Public Safety.

He was also issued citations for speeding and driving without a license, police reported.

North Augusta Public Safety officers were conducting routine speed enforcement on Tuesday. An officer patrolling I-520 around 12:50 p.m. reported seeing a light blue sedan traveling west at a high rate of speed.

The driver, who was identified as Reid, was the only individual inside the car. Reid informed the officer he didn’t have a license, but he gave him a fake name, claiming to be “John Frazier,” the report states.

While questioning Reid, the officer reported smelling the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. He also said he observed a “marijuana grinder” sitting in plain view in the center cup holder, which initiated a “probable cause” search

A wallet containing Reid’s social security card was discovered leading Reid to admit he gave a false name, according to the report.

A fully loaded handgun was found under the driver’s seat, along with multiple containers of a green leafy substance consistent with marijuana.

The total weight of marijuana found in the vehicle was more than a pound, police reported.

Several different kinds of non-prescribed pills were also found.

Reid was charged and transported to the Aiken County Detention Center, where he remains in custody Wednesday evening.