Oakboro, Stanly Sheriff’s Office discover 18 pounds of marijuana on traffic stop
Published 8:45 am Wednesday, October 7, 2020
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.