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On November 22, 2020 at approximately 12:00 p.m. officers of the Abbeville Police Department observed a vehicle traveling on the roadway which had extremely dark tint on the windows. Officers conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle near the intersection of South State Street and Margaret Street.
The driver, identified as Donald Briggs III of Abbeville, was advised of the reason of the stop. While officers were testing the window tint, officers smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside of the vehicle.
Officers were granted permission to search the vehicle, and Mr. Briggs acknowledged that there was marijuana (55 grams) in the center console of the vehicle. During the search, officers also located a loaded 9mm Glock handgun under Mr. Brigg’s seat. Mr. Briggs was subsequently arrested and transported to the Abbeville Police Department for booking. A standard N.C.I.C. criminal history check was run, and it was found that Mr. Briggs was convicted in 2018 on a charge of Attempted Illegal Use of Weapons. The conviction prohibits Mr. Briggs from possessing the handgun. The handgun and narcotics were also located within 1000 feet of Eaton Park Elementary School. Mr. Briggs was issued a citation for the window tint, and was booked on the charges of Possession With the Intent to Distribute Marijuana, Possession of a Firearm with a CDS Present, Possession of a Firearm by a Person Convicted of Certain Felonies, Possession of a Firearm in a Firearm Free Zone and Possession of a CDS in a Drug Free Zone.
Later in the day, at approximately 3:30 p.m. officers observed a subject known to them as Kenan Willis. Mr. Willis was known to have an active arrest warrant for Attempted 2nd Degree Murder. Officers observed Mr. Willis walk behind an abandoned residence then walk across the roadway. Officers approached Mr. Willis and took him into custody without incident. Officers backtracked to where they observed Mr. Willis walk, and located a black Smith and Wesson handgun. The handgun that was recovered was ran through N.C.I.C. and the handgun came back as being stolen out of Houston, TX. Mr. Willis later admitted to hiding the firearm and stated that he had “found it earlier”. Mr. Willis was booked on the warrant as well as Illegal Possession of a Stolen Firearm, Obstruction of Justice and Possession of a Firearm by a Person Convicted of Certain Felonies due to a 2020 conviction for the charge of Simple Robbery.
The Attempted 2nd Degree Murder warrant was in relation to a shooting on October 17, 2020 at the Motel 6 in Abbeville. That case is still under investigation.