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40 pounds of marijuana, $4,000 cash found in suitcase at Columbia airport


Kevin Simmons. Lexington County Sheriff's Department/Provided

COLUMBIA — A Columbia man is facing a drug trafficking charge after a large amount of marijuana and cash were found in suitcases at the Columbia Metropolitan Airport, Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon said Oct. 21.

Kevin Simmons, 43, was approached by Drug Enforcement Agency agents and consented to a search of his bags, where police found 40 pounds of marijuana and $4,000, Koon said in a statement.

Authorities were notified by officers in Sacramento, Calif., on Oct. 17 that X-ray imagery detected something suspicious ahead of his flight departing.

Koon said narcotics agents from his department and the federal Drug Enforcement Agency approached a man at Columbia’s airport, where a search of two suitcases was conducted. Simmons’ name were on the bags, according to an arrest warrant issued Oct. 21 by the sheriff’s department.

Trafficking between 10 and 100 pounds of drugs carries maximum penalties of 25 years in prison and a $25,000 fine under state law. A first offense brings one to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

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