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CCSO: Drug charges, $1M bond for Nichols man who flees deputies; Car seized


     A Nichols man who fled a Columbus County Sheriff’s Office checkpoint Tuesday didn’t get far, and was jailed under bonds of more than $1 million with his vehicle seized after it struck a patrol vehicle.

     Trabias Quinnzel Walters, 32, of Hwy 9, Nichols, was arrested following the pursuit that began on James B. White Hwy South near Gaston Sellers Road, sheriff’s spokesperson Michele Tatum said.

     Deputies approached Walters vehicle, at the checkpoint, “and after initial contact with deputies, accelerated away from the deputies,” Tatum said. “A pursuit ensued. It ended after Walters struck a patrol vehicle.

     Deputies seized the vehicle under the state’s “Run and You’re Done” law, Tatum said.

     Inside the vehicle deputies located cocaine, heroin, marijuana, MDMA (also known as Ecstasy or Molly), packaging material and digital scales.

     Walters was charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine. Possession with intent to manufacture sell and deliver a schedule 1 controlled substance, possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, two counts of trafficking in opium or heroin, maintaining a place for a controlled substance, assault with a deadly weapon on a government official, fleeing to elude arrest with a motor vehicle, and maintaining a place for a controlled substance.

     Walters was held at the Columbus County Detention Center under bonds totaling $1,040,000.

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