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Two men were charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana after police allegedly spotted them riding around with their headlights off at midnight Saturday.

Shawn Sheldon Gadson Jr., 22, 1214 of Douglas Macarthur Drive, Orangeburg, and Joshua Arron Hampton, 159 Robinson Road, Cordova, were pulled over during a traffic stop on John C. Calhoun Drive, according to an Orangeburg Department of Public Safety incident report and arrest warrant.

After smelling an odor coming out of the white Honda Accord, a search was conducted and 27.1 grams of marijuana, bags and scales were found in the car, according to the report.

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A pill bottle with a white crushed substance was also located. The pill bottle will be analyzed to determine if further charges are warranted.

A loaded 9 mm Taurus was also found under Gadson's driver's seat, the report said. A silver 9 mm gun magazine was also located in the driver’s side door.

A $5,000 personal recognizance bond was set on Hampton and a $2,500 PR bond was set on Gadson for the drug charges. A $5,000 PR bond was also set on Gadson for the weapons charge.

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Gene Zaleski is a reporter/staff writer with The Times and Democrat.

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