A 67-year-old Charleston man being booked into the county jail on a loitering charge was found with prescription painkillers stuffed into his sock, according to police reports.
William David Jenkins of King Street was arrested Thursday afternoon after he failed to show up for a court appearance on the loitering count.
Authorities who searched him in the booking area of the Cannon Detention Center later found 21/2red pills wrapped in a napkin lodged in his sock.
The capsules were reported to be acetaminophen and propoxyphene napsylate, a Schedule 4 narcotic that is similar to the painkiller brand Darvocet.
Jenkins did not have a prescription for the pills, an incident report stated. He faces charges of possession of a controlled substance, which is punishable by up to six months in jail, and possession of contraband in the jail, a felony that includes a sentence of one to 10 years in prison.
Jenkins and another man, 58-year-old Leroy Nathaniel Jones Jr. of Allway Street, were first cited Dec. 31 at a bus stop near Meeting and Columbus streets in downtown Charleston.
Jenkins was ticketed for the offense, and he was supposed to answer the charge during a court appearance Jan. 8.