HAMLET — A man is facing multiple drug charges, accused of trafficking both meth and cocaine, following a traffic stop over the weekend.
According to a Facebook post by the Hamlet Police Department, officers conducted a traffic stop on Saturday, Sept. 10 and seized “a large amount of illegal narcotics, weapons, and U.S currency.”
The reason for the initial stop was not given in the post.
The department also did not list the specific quantities of drugs, weapons and cash found, but included a photo of the items confiscated. The photo appears to show two handguns, several bags of each marijuana, cocaine and meth, a box of plastic sandwich bags and more than $1,000 in cash.
Officers arrested 22-year-old Lazarus Sincere Tillman and charged him with: trafficking in methamphetamine; trafficking in cocaine; possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver methamphetamine; possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver cocaine; possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana; possession of drug paraphernalia; possession of a stolen firearm; and two counts of carrying a concealed gun.
Richmond County Jail records show he was booked at 2:36 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 11 and, as of Wednesday afternoon, was still being held on a combined $400,000 secured bond. Tillman is scheduled to appear in court Sept. 22.
Online court records show Tillman has pending charges from 2020 of fleeing to elude arrest with a motor vehicle, failure to yield at a stop sign or flashing red light and a felony probation violation.
Records with the N.C. Department of Public Safety Division of Adult Correction show Tillman was first convicted in 2018 of carrying a concealed weapon and resisting a public officer.
He was also convicted in 2021 of speeding to elude arrest, reckless driving and misdemeanor larceny.
Tillman received probation in all cases.
All defendants facing criminal charges are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.