Officers with the Abbeville Police Department pulled over a driver yesterday with extremely dark tint on his vehicle's windows which eventually led to the man's arrest. During a routine traffic stop to talk to the driver about the too-dark tint, the driver admitted to having marijuana in the car.

A subsequent search of the vehicle belonging to 23-year-old Donald Briggs III recovered 55 grams of marijuana and a gun, at which point Briggs was taken to jail.

A background check revealed that Briggs had a felony charge from 2018 for Attempted Illegal Use Of Weapons. Because of the prior charge, it was against the law for him to be in possession of a gun, leading to more charges.

To add insult to injury, Briggs was within 1,000 feet of Eaton Park Elementary.

He was booked on the following charges:

  • Possession of a Firearm with a Controlled Dangerous Substance  Present
  • Possession of a Firearm by a Person Convicted of Certain Felonies
  • Possession of a Firearm in a Firearm Free Zone
  • Possession with the Intent to Distribute Marijuana
  • Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance in a Drug-Free Zone

Briggs was also issued a citation for the illegal window tint.

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