An afternoon traffic stop on Tuesday led to the arrest of a Greenwood man on drug and weapon charges.
According to a report from the Greenwood Police Department, officers performed a traffic stop on Bowie Street just before 3 p.m. Tuesday afternoon after the driver was observed to not be wearing a seat belt. While checking information on the driver and the vehicle, officers observed a passenger, later identified as Taroyja Middleton, 33, of 127 Beechwood Circle, Greenwood, throw a blue bottle out the window of the vehicle. Middleton initially denied throwing the bottle, but later told officers that he did throw the bottle out the window.
According to the report, police discovered eight oblong white pills, later identified as hydrocodone, and 16 round white pills, later identified as oxycodone, inside the bottle. Police then searched the vehicle where Middleton was sitting and located a Colt .32 caliber revolver with three live rounds under the front passenger seat and a marijuana grinder in the dash. Middleton said the gun was not his and that he had just been picked up by the driver at a nearby gas station.
Middleton was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance, littering and unlawful possession of a firearm. An NCIC check revealed Middleton was a convicted felon and was also wanted in Columbia on a probation violation charge. Police notified authorities in Columbia, who asked that Middleton be held until he could be brought to Columbia to face his charges there.