Columbia County sheriff’s deputies arrested a North Carolina man for 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 in Rocky Point, 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. Marijuana possession with intent to distribute can be determined if someone has less than an ounce, but is carrying several small bags packaged for distribution, Morris added.
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.