Police: West Ashley High School student had gun in BMW

Corey Aiken

A double-parked BMW at West Ashley High School on Wednesday led to the arrest of a student on drug and weapons charges after authorities seized a loaded revolver, more than three ounces of marijuana, three cell phones and about $1,600 in cash.

According to a Charleston police incident report, an assistant principal saw a black BMW double-parked in the parking lot about noon. The car did not have a student parking decal, so the school official was looking at the car, trying to identify its owner.

Through a rear window, he saw a silver-colored handgun on the back seat.

Also visible from outside the car was a driver's license in the center console, the report said. School officials contacted city police, and the student was hauled out of class.

Police searched the student and found $1,606 in cash and the key to the BMW.

Authorities searched the car and found a revolver loaded with five .44 Special, hollow-point rounds, the report said.

In a large plastic bag near the revolver, police found several smaller plastic bags that held a total of 3.2 ounces of marijuana. They also found several boxes of sandwich bags.

In addition to the handgun and drugs, police confiscated the car and three cell phones. The estimated street value of the seized marijuana is $2,325, police said.

Corey Tyler Aiken, 17, of Longfellow Road, is charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute within close proximity of a school, carrying weapons on school property and unlawful possession of a firearm, according to court records. He is being held in the Sheriff Al Cannon Detention Center on $95,000 bail set Thursday by Charleston County Magistrate Linda Lombard.

Aiken was suspended for 10 days and has been recommended for expulsion, a school spokesman said.