Warrenville man facing drug and gun charges, among others
A string of drug-, gun- and child-related charges have been levied against a 25-year-old Warrenville man.
William Hewitt Jr. was arrested Nov. 7 and was charged with trafficking in meth or cocaine base; simple possession of marijuana; possession of cocaine, first offense; possession with intent to distribute a Schedule IV controlled substance, first offense; possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime; unlawful carry of a pistol; and unlawful conduct towards a child, according to jail records.
On Nov. 7, the Aiken Department of Public Safety responded to a Circle K on Silver Bluff Road in reference to a suspicious vehicle.
When officers arrived shortly after midnight, they found Hewitt sleeping in a white Mazda, which was running, put in neutral and had the emergency brake pulled, according to a related incident report.
A 2-year-old was sleeping in the backseat, as well.
Upon further inspection, police found a loaded pistol between Hewitt’s leg and the gear shift, according to the report. The officers took the gun before waking Hewitt up, which took “several attempts,” according to the same information.
Hewitt — who was wearing an ankle monitor — was disoriented when he woke up, police said, and “didn’t realize he had been sleeping” in the gas station parking lot.
Police initially arrested Hewitt for unlawful carry of a pistol.
In a subsequent search, police found two gun magazines on Hewitt, according to the report. Both were loaded.
A police K-9 signaled on the Mazda during the search, according to the report, and police found 34 green Xanax bars in a sunglasses holder.
Police also found two black scales and a white powder-like substance in a backpack in the backseat, according to Public Safety. In the child’s diaper bag, police found a white crystal-like substance, several other small baggies and two partially smoked cigars stuffed with a green leafy material, according to the same information.
In the front passenger side of the car, police found 101 rounds of .45-caliber ammo, 15 rounds of .40-caliber ammo and 10 rounds of .380-caliber ammo, according to the report.
A victim’s form was filed for the child, who was later taken by the mother.
Police took Hewitt to the Aiken County detention center, where he remains as of Monday afternoon.
Hewitt has been arrested and charged numerous times before, according to jail records.