Suspect in Bluffton car chase found with multiple drugs, officers say

astice@islandpacket.comDecember 4, 2012 

Deverol Cannick

A 28-year-old Okatie man who jumped from his car during a traffic stop Monday was caught with an array of drugs after a short chase, according to the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies reported they found Deverol Cannick with marijuana, heroin, crack cocaine, psilocybin mushrooms, ecstasy, methamphetamines and prescription medications.

The drugs were in large enough quantities to charge Cannick with trafficking and possession with intent to distribute for each substance. Cannick also was accused of unlawfully carrying a 9 mm Beretta pistol. Including traffic violations, he faces 12 charges.

The chase began on Bluffton Parkway near Goethe Road when deputies attempted to pull over Cannick's car at about 4 p.m., according to a news release.

Cannick kept driving on Goethe Road, then jumped out of his car and ran. The car rolled into a ditch and stopped, causing no damage. Deputies caught Cannick soon after.

A search yielded various drugs and controlled substances such as Roxicodone and Xanax, the handgun and $1,550 in cash, the release said.

Because drug trafficking is considered a violent crime, Cannick's possession of a firearm triggered a stiffer weapons charge, said Sgt. Robin McIntosh.

Cannick is being held for prosecution at the Beaufort County Detention Center.

In 2008, Cannick was the victim of a shooting that investigators said involved drugs.

He and his brother, Deon Cannick, were wounded when two men shot at them at Plantation Pointe apartments in Bluffton. Deverol Cannick was shot in the hand and abdomen, while Deon Cannick was paralyzed after he was shot in the neck.

During a search of the Cannicks' apartment just after that shooting, the Sheriff's Office said investigators found 28 grams of powder cocaine, a half-pound of marijuana, several marijuana plants, pills, four handguns and about $1,416.

The two Savannah men charged with shooting at the Cannicks, Lucius Simuel and Demetrius Price, were sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole in 2009.

According to court records and the county jail log, Deverol Cannick was not charged in the 2008 case.

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