LAURINBURG — Pending the results of an Aug. 12 court date, a Scotland County jailer has been suspended without pay.
Shakiylla Gibson, 22, of Dunbar Drive, faces a misdemeanor charge of maintaining a vehicle for keeping and selling a controlled substance. Laurinburg police say 38.5 grams of marijuana were found on Sunday in a 2014 Nissan Maxima, a car rented in her name.
Gibson, who according to personnel records was suspended on Tuesday, declined to comment when reached by phone. Scotland County Sheriff Shep Jones did not answer calls or respond to messages left with his administrative assistant.
Scotland County Human Resources Director Susan Butler said no other disciplinary actions have been taken against Gibson since she began working with the county on Oct. 2. Gibson’s annual salary is $25,668.
According to Assistant Police Chief Cliff Sessoms, Gibson was a passenger in the Nisson being driven by 24-year-old Shavonte McBryde, of Ashley Drive. Sessoms said McBryde fled from a checkpoint at the intersection of McKay Street and North Caledonia Road when asked to pull over after failing to present a driver’s license.
McBryde led officers on a short chase, Sessoms said, pausing to shove Gibson out of the vehicle at the intersection of McKay and Second streets. When officers were able to stop the vehicle, they found the marijuana inside.
McBryde is charged with felonious possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, reckless driving and fleeing to elude arrest with a vehicle, as well as assault on a female for allegedly pushing Gibson into the street.
Gibson, who suffered minor injuries, was released from police custody that same night, Sessoms said. McBryde was placed in jail under a $18,000 secured bond.
McBryde is a convicted felon with a criminal history dating back to 2007, when he was charged with possession of schedule II drugs. He was initially given a suspended sentence, but was placed in jail when he violated the terms of his parole. McBryde has since faced charges of selling schedule II drugs and possession of a firearm by a felon.