Just after 11:30 p.m. Wednesday night, Beaufort County Sheriff’s deputies conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle with defective equipment off Palmetto Bay Road on Hilton Head Island.
As deputies approached the vehicle and the driver, identified as 31-year-old Alan Mikell of Hardeeville, they discovered through a records check that he had an active magistrate court bench warrant for his arrest. Deputies then asked Mickell to exit his vehicle and as he did deputies allege that they smelled the odor of marijuana coming from inside. When questioned about the odor, Mickell reportedly said he had smoked some marijuana earlier inside of his vehicle. Mickell was placed under arrest at that time for the Magistrate Court bench warrant.
With Alan Mickell in custody, deputies began to search his vehicle. After entering his vehicle, deputies reportedly discovered a loaded Taurus 9mm pistol wedged between the driver’s seat and center console. Also reportedly in Mickell’s vehicle, deputies found a distribution weight of crack cocaine, 43 oxycodone pills, 23 unidentified pills and marijuana. Additionally, deputies found a small amount of marijuana on Mickell’s person when he was searched for arrest. When deputies conducted an inquiry on the Taurus 9mm pistol through the National Crime Information Center (NCIC), it was determined it had been reported stolen in Effingham County, Georgia.
Along with the Magistrate Court bench warrant, Alan Mickell was charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute Crack Cocaine, Possession with Intent to Distribute a Schedule II Controlled Substance (Oxycodone), Possession of a Stolen Firearm, Unlawful Carrying of a Pistol and Simple Possession of Marijuana. Mickell was transported to the Beaufort County Detention Center, where he was incarcerated without incident. Mickell’s bonds for the six charges totaled $30,877.50 and he remained incarcerated as of late this afternoon.
The 23 unidentified pills reportedly found in Mickell’s vehicle will be subjected to drug analysis at the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office Forensic Services Laboratory. Additional criminal charges may arise from that analysis.