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A Bowman man is facing multiple drug charges after Orangeburg Department of Public Safety officers stopped him early Tuesday morning.

Dondre Reshard Zimmerman, 24, of 631 Avens Court, is charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana, first-offense possession of crack cocaine and first-offense possession of cocaine.

An officer also issued him the following citations: operating an uninsured vehicle, first-offense driving under suspension and use of tag intended for another vehicle.

Zimmerman appeared in Orangeburg municipal bond court on Tuesday where a judge set his bond at $30,000 with a 10 percent cash option.

According to an ODPS incident report, an officer was stopped at the intersection of Fulton Street and Bayne Street at 1:10 a.m. Tuesday when he saw a Mercury Marquise traveling on Bayne Street toward Magnolia Street.

The officer asked a dispatcher to check the status of the vehicle’s license tag because it was in a high-crime area.

A dispatcher told the officer that the tag was registered to a 2002 Saturn.

The vehicle turned down several streets before accelerating. The officer thought the driver was trying to evade police.

The officer attempted to stop the Marquise and followed it onto Union Street, where Zimmerman parked the vehicle in a driveway, the report said.

Zimmerman showed his driver’s license to the officer, but also allegedly provided an expired insurance card and wasn’t able to produce any registration for the Marquise.

He told the officer that he’d recently purchased the vehicle and the dealership was supposed to send him a tag for the Marquise, but they never did, according to the incident report.

A dispatcher told the officer that the Marquise’s tag was suspended on Jan. 3, 2019 for the cancellation of insurance. The dispatcher said Zimmerman’s driver’s license was also suspended for the same reason.

By this time, other officers had also arrived on the scene.

One of the officers noted the smell of marijuana coming from the interior of the Marquise.

Officers detained Zimmerman and his passenger, but later released the passenger.

When officers searched the vehicle, they allegedly discovered 2.4 grams of crack cocaine, one-half gram of cocaine, 146.9 grams of marijuana, sandwich bags, digital scales and $1,154 in small bills.

According to the report, the currency consisted of $250 in $50 bills, $480 in $20 bills, $240 in $10 bills, $175 in $5 bills and $9 in $1 bills.

“This amount of money in these increments is consistent with someone distributing narcotics,” an officer wrote in his report.

The officer took possession of the cash and entered it as evidence.

Officers transported Zimmerman to the Orangeburg County Detention Center.

If convicted, Zimmerman faces up to five years in prison, a $5,000 fine or both.

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Martha Rose Brown covers crime and other topics. The South Carolina native has been a journalist for the past 16 years.

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