At approximately 10:45 p.m. Thursday night, June 9, Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the Wal-Mart parking lot on Hilton Head Island to a report of an unresponsive man inside of a vehicle.
Hilton Head Island Fire Rescue personnel were on-scene treating the subject when deputies arrived. Fire personnel reportedly saw that a small amount of white powder fell from the subject’s shirt when they moved him from the vehicle to the ground. They also said that they saw a rifle inside the vehicle and reportedly found a bottle of gun oil in the front pocket of the subject’s pants. While the subject, identified as 18-year-old Jose Osorio Jr. of Hardeeville, was being taken to the Hilton Head Island Regional Medical Center for further treatment, deputies searched the vehicle that he was found inside and, according to witnesses, had been the only occupant.
Inside the vehicle deputies reportedly found the rifle, a Norinco MAK-90 (similar to an AK-47 assault rifle), with a fully loaded magazine. Also inside the vehicle, deputies reportedly found a .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol, a ski mask and a Crown Royal bag, which allegedly contained narcotics paraphernalia and three plastic bags. One of the plastic bags reportedly contained crack cocaine, the other allegedly contained powder cocaine and the third contained a number of unidentified pills. A check through the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) revealed the .45 caliber pistol had been reported stolen in the City of Beaufort. A short time later, Osorio Jr. recovered and was arrested by deputies after being discharged from the hospital.
Osorio Jr. was charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute Crack Cocaine, Possession with Intent to Distribute Crack Cocaine within ½ Mile of a School, Possession with Intent to Distribute Cocaine and Possession of a Stolen Firearm. Osorio was transported to the Beaufort County Detention Center and incarcerated without incident. This morning Osorio Jr’s bonds were set at $25,000 each for the four charges and he was served with an outstanding Magistrate Bench Warrant. Osorio Jr. may face additional charges pending analysis and identification of the pills at the Sheriff’s Office Forensic Services.