NEWBERRY — A 27-year-old Newberry man was arrested on drug charges last week after deputies with the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office found more than two pounds of marijuana in his car during a traffic stop.
Deundrea Morquiel Elkins, of 51 Oak Hollow Road, was charged Aug. 5 with possession with intent to distribute marijuana (second offense), possession of drug paraphernalia and no driver’s license. He was released the next day on a $20,000 personal appearance bond.
According to the NCSO, deputies were conducting a safety checkpoint on Whitener Road near Wilson Road when the driver of a Lexus attempted to avoid the checkpoint. When deputies approached the vehicle, the driver — identified as Elkins — got out of the car and tried to walk away.
The marijuana was found during a search of the vehicle.
“We have a responsibility as law enforcement officers and citizens of this county, to work proactively to keep this community safe and maintain that standard. We work to combat drugs in the community at every level,” said Sheriff Lee Foster. “It takes an entire community to make this happen. We take that responsibility seriously in partnering with the community and it is our aim to seek out those who continue to oppose that standard.”