Teen gets loaded gun, bags of pot with McDonald's meal

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A Charleston teen picked up his food from a McDonald's drive-through, but he got something else with his meal -- a loaded gun and bags of marijuana.

It happened on August 29 at the McDonald's on Savannah Highway. According to a police report, an 18-year-old and his cousin went to the drive-through to get some food. The employee at the window asked 'who gets the bags.' The young man said 'it doesn't matter,' not realizing what he would find inside.

Police say he got an extra bag with a loaded .45-caliber or nine-millimeter handgun and what appeared to be bags of marijuana.

"It was the gun and the marijuana that was inside of a brown bag sitting inside of a McDonald's bag," said Kathy Rivera, whose son found the gun in his bag. "They noticed they had three bags. There were only two people in the car, so when he opened it he noticed it."

Police say the gun and the bags of marijuana apparently were meant for the car behind the 18-year-old's vehicle in the drive-through. Those people followed the young man all the way to a gas station on Sam Rittenberg Boulevard. One of them jumped out of the car and demanded that he give them the bags, which he did.

"He just passed it off to them because he didn't want to. He didn't want nothing to do with it," said Ms. Rivera.

He was so scared that he waited till the next day to tell his mom what happened. Ms. Rivera called the restaurant.

"She asked why he didn't contact the police. You know he is a young, black, 18-year-old child with a loaded gun and marijuana. That sounds kind of suspicious so he did the right thing," she said. "He called me and I handled it from there."

No one was hurt, even though the gun was loaded. Police haven't made any arrests in the case.

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