An Okatie man faces drug charges after 300 grams of powdered heroin was found in his vehicle after a traffic stop Monday evening, according to the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office.
Antonio Ricardo Lee, 35, was charged with trafficking heroin and fleeing to evade arrest. He was served with active warrants for two counts of sale and distribution of heroin and two counts of sale and distribution within half a mile of a school when he was pulled over on U.S. 278 and New Orleans Road around 5:45 p.m., according to a Sheriff’s Office release.
After Lee pulled over, he allegedly ran into nearby woods. Deputies caught up with him a short time later, the release said.
A K-9 was called to the scene and alerted deputies to the heroin stored in Lee’s vehicle, the release said. They also found packaging materials commonly used in the distribution of drugs, the release said.
Lee was taken to the Beaufort County Detention Center.
He was out on bond on another sale and distribution of heroin charge at the time of his arrest, so his new bond was set at $201,087 in Beaufort County Magistrate Court, the release said.