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Oakboro, Stanly Sheriff’s Office discover 18 pounds of marijuana on traffic stop

A routine traffic stop for an Oakboro policeman turned into a drug bust Oct. 2.

Oakboro Police Sgt. David Daigle made a speeding violation traffic stop at around 2:15 p.m. When the driver, Tykeem Ra Hsan Jomal Sumpter of Sumter, S.C., gave his license and registration to the officer, Daigle asked the driver about a smell of marijuana coming from the car.

When he asked the driver to get out of the car, Sumpter drove off at a high rate of speed. After a high-speed chase through Oakboro’s east side of town, the driver went off-road and Daigle lost the vehicle. However, upon further investigation, an area with several pieces of the underbody of the car were found as the vehicle had hit a ditch.

Oakboro then asked for the help of the Stanly County Sheriff’s Office. Deputy Jared Efird and his K-9 partner, Bodie, searched on the property where the vehicle parts were located. The deputies found two bags filled with approximately 18.2 pounds of marijuana, with an estimated street value of $100,000.

Warrants are being obtained for Sumpter by Daigle, including two felony counts of trafficking of marijuana, felony maintaining a vehicle with a controlled substance, felony flee/eluding arrest, possession of marijuana with intent to sell or distribute, reckless driving and speeding.

About Charles Curcio

Charles Curcio was the sports editor of the Stanly News & Press from 1999-2001 and has currently served in the same capacity since 2008. He was awarded the NCHSAA Tim Stevens Media Representative of the Year and named CNHI Sports Editor of the Year in 2014. He has also been honored twice by the North Carolina Press Association.

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