Three charged for trafficking cocaine

By DeeAnna Haney | Jan 30, 2013

Waynesville police recently arrested three men for trafficking a substantial amount of crack cocaine.

The original charges occurred in early December, when Waynesville Police Officer Evan Davis pulled over a vehicle with a revoked tag.

Driving the car was 27-year-old Josean Kinard, of Spindale, and in his company were Christopher Tucker, 30, and Caliph Mayo, 24, both of Waynesville.

Tucker was arrested on two outstanding warrants out of Jackson County and Davis searched the vehicle after detecting a strong marijuana odor, according to police reports.

Kinard and Mayo were released after a search of the car and Tucker was taken to jail. During a search of his person, officers found two bags of marijuana in his pants and about 106 grams of "crack" cocaine in his sock on his left leg.

After finding the drugs on Tucker, warrants were also issued for Kinard and Mayo, because under state law, if one person in a vehicle is charged with drug possession, all others are charged as well.

Tucker faces several felonies including two counts trafficking cocaine, possession with intent to sell or deliver, possession of a controlled substance on jail premises, conspiring to traffic cocaine and felony possession of cocaine.

He was also charged with simple possession of schedule VI controlled substance and failure to appear in court on unrelated charges. He was jailed under $101,000 secured bond.

Kinard and Mayo were arrested Jan 10 and charged with possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine, conspiring to traffic cocaine and trafficking cocaine.

They were placed under $15,500 and $19,000 secured bonds respectively.

The charge for trafficking more than 28 grams of cocaine is a Class G felony that carries a maximum of 48 months in prison and a hefty $50,000 fine.