SPARTANBURG Co., S.C. (WSPA) — A man is accused of hiding marijuana under a child’s car seat and giving a false name to deputies after a traffic stop.
An officer on patrol stopped a driver Saturday night on Caldwell Drive for a temporary license plate that appeared altered and missing information, according to a Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office report.
The driver, identified in the report as Kayla Stewart, told a deputy she did not have a driver’s license and the vehicle wasn’t insured. A records check revealed Stewart was listed as an active habitual offender, the report says.
The front seat passenger provided a name for which an officer found no information. As the passenger, who said his name was Michael Colon, stepped out of the van, an open beer can fell on the ground and an officer noticed the smell of marijuana coming from the van, according to the report.
Asked if he hid the drugs, Colon reportedly said, “I wouldn’t hide drugs under my baby.”
Deputies reportedly found more than seven grams of marijuana under an 8-year-old’s booster seat.
Two children were not buckled up at the time of the traffic stop.
A relative picked up the children.
Colons’ name is reportedly Anthony Guerrero. The 32-year-old is charged with child neglect, providing false information to police, open container of beer in a vehicle, simple possession of marijuana, according to jail records.
Stewart, 27, of Spartanburg is charged with driving under suspension for DUI, third or subsequent offense, and other traffic crimes, jail records show.
Both suspects remain in the Spartanburg County Detention Center as of Monday morning.