AK-47 style pistol on car seat leads to arrest, North Charleston police say

Johnnel Harris, 23, of Miami, Fla., was arrested after police said he left an AK-47 style pistol in plain view of a car seat outside a North Charleston club early Friday morning,

An AK-47 style pistol left in plain view on the front seat of a car outside a North Charleston bar led to a drug arrest Friday morning, according to police.

An officer on foot patrol outside Willy's Bar on Dorchester Road spotted the weapon on the front seat of gray Nissan Altima about 1:20 a.m. Friday, according to the report. Officers waited until three men came out of the club and got in the car. One of the men, Johnnel Harris, 23, of Miami, Fla., said the gun was his.

Officers identified the gun as a CAI Model PAP M92PV AK-47 style pistol, loaded with 22 rounds of Tulammo caliber 7.62X39 ammunition. One round was in the chamber and the safety was off, according to the report.

Harris was arrested and taken to the Charleston County jail.

When Harris was searched at the jail, officers said they found 20 gel-cap pills containing cocaine inside the waist band of his shorts.

Harris was charged with unlawful carrying of a pistol and possession of cocaine. His bail was set at $35,000.

Reach Dave Munday at 937-5553.