Federal Charges in Jasper Drug Bust

The driver of a car with more than $4 million worth of cocaine found inside is facing federal charges today. Thirty-four-year-old David Simon of Miami was pulled over Sunday morning by police in Ridgeland, South Carolina. Police say after Simon declined a request to search the car, a K-9 unit indicated there were drugs inside. Police found a duffel bag with 66 pounds of cocaine in the trunk. The state is now dropping its case against Simon so federal charges can be filed.

"I don't know if we'll ever top that again, but we're going to try," said Chief Richard Woods of the Ridgeland PD. "I think there's plenty of it out there, it's just stopping that right car."

In response to drug trafficking along I-95, a new officer position has been created in Ridgeland to patrol the interstate. Chief Woods says the position was already in the works and they have secured state funding to cover the costs.

Reported by: Chris Cowperthwaite, ccowperthwaite@wtoc.com