North Carolina man charged with drug trafficking after I-20 traffic stop

Columbia County sheriff’s deputies charged a North Carolina man with drug trafficking Tuesday after he was pulled over for not using his turning signal to change lanes on Interstate 20.

Michael Laverne Evans, 33, of the 100 block of Lightwood Knott Road, had nearly 15 pounds of marijuana inside his white Ford Expedition when he was stopped at about 6:15 p.m. near the Wheeler Road exit on I-20, according to a sheriff’s office incident report.

The deputy searched Evans’ vehicle after smelling a strong odor of marijuana as he walked up to the SUV.

In addition to marijuana, a Black & Mild cigar package, two prescriptions and eight ounces of an unknown purple liquid were found in the vehicle. The purple liquid was sent to the crime lab for analysis.

Marijuana possession of more than an ounce is considered a felony, sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris said.

A person is charged with trafficking if they have 10 pounds of marijuana or more, Morris said.

Evans was charged with trafficking marijuana and failure to signal when changing lanes. He is being held at the Columbia County Detention Center without bond.

 

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