Police: Wanted Rock Hill man arrested in traffic stop had marijuana, stolen gun in car

jmcfadden@heraldonline.comFebruary 25, 2014 

Joshua Neely

— A Rock Hill man wanted for failing to appear in court on hit-and-run charges is now in jail after police found him and a woman with nearly 100 grams of marijuana and a stolen gun hidden under a car’s floor mat during a traffic stop on Monday, according to police.

Police at about 11 p.m. stopped a 1997 Lexus traveling without working tag lights on Taylor Street. Officers spoke with the driver Joshua Neely, 24, and his passenger, a 21-year-old Rock Hill woman, and smelled a marijuana-like odor wafting in the air. The woman also had green leafy residue on her leg, according to a Rock Hill police report.

After cross-referencing Neely’s name with a federal criminal database, an officer learned he was wanted by the York County Sheriff’s Office since Feb. 5, when he was due in court to answer for a July 2013 hit-and-run with minor personal injury allegation, court records show.

Police searched Neely, finding him with $906 cash. The officer noticed a bulge coming from the passenger floorboard. Under the mat, police found found a black pistol and two bags of a “green leafy substance” that later measured to be 97 grams of marijuana, the report states. The gun, police learned, was reported stolen in July 2013.

Neely was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute, possession of a stolen pistol and driving under suspension. After posting his $10,000 bond at the Rock Hill jail, he was transported to the York County Detention Center Tuesday on a $288.40.

The woman was cited with possession of marijuana.

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