On Monday October 8, 2018, Investigators of the Transylvania County Narcotics Task Force were working in the area of 677 Capps Road in Pisgah Forest when they encountered a disabled vehicle partially blocking one lane of travel of Capps Road. The officers approached the vehicle to assist with the traffic hazard at which time the odor of marijuana was detected on Caryington Taevon Hunter who was standing outside the vehicle.
Officers blocked oncoming traffic while assisting the driver of the vehicle in clearing the vehicle from the roadway. During this time officers learned that Hunter was a passenger of the vehicle. Hunter’s behaviors became erratic and unpredictable. Officers confronted Hunter and the other passengers of the vehicle about the present odor of marijuana at which time Hunter attempted to walk away from the scene. Caryington Taevon Hunter was detained and found to be in possession of a concealed handgun, approximately one half ounce of marijuana, thirteen dosage units of 2 mg Alprazolam, a residual amount of cocaine, and digital scales.
Further investigation by TNT investigators found that Hunter, who was not of the legal age to purchase handgun ammunition, was attempting to purchase ammunition from a local store prior to the encounter with law enforcement. Additionally, Hunter proclaimed that he was a marijuana dealer.
The officers of the Transylvania County Narcotics Task Force wish to thank the staff of the local store that should remain unnamed for following state law regarding the sale of ammunition to minors. Had this purchase been made without notice, officers may have been facing an unpredictable, self-proclaimed drug dealer with a loaded weapon upon this encounter.
Hunter was arrested and transported to the Transylvania County Detention Center where he was charged with carrying a concealed weapon, possession of marijuana, possession of cocaine, possession of alprazolam, and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia. Hunter was held on a $50,000.00 bond.