The Southern Pines Police Department arrested a local man Tuesday after a traffic stop on U.S. 1, according to a news release from the department.

Reshaun Carlito Christopher Walker, 19, of Southern Pines, was arrested after the police smelled marijuana in the vehicle.

“A subsequent investigation discovered that Reshaun Carlito Christopher Walker was in control/possession/concealing marijuana and a Glock .40 caliber semi-automatic pistol,” said the release.

Walker was charged with possession with intent to sell/deliver marijuana, felony possession of marijuana, maintaining a vehicle for controlled substances and carrying a concealed firearm.

The Southern Pines Police Department recently created a Directed Patrol Team, also known as Echo Team, “to address community concerns and increase available manpower during peak hours identified by analyzed data.”

The arrest of the suspect was a result of the Echo Team, and Southern Pines Police Chief Bob Temme said the new team has been a success.

“The planning process and its end product are essential to maintaining a safe community,” said Temme. “The direct evidence of this philosophy is the success of “Echo Team” removing illegally possessed firearms associated with the drug trade from our streets. In one short year since its inception, as part of our multiyear strategic plan, Echo Team has recovered 20 firearms, five of which were reported as stolen, and 9 of which were being possessed by convicted felons. Please join me in thanking these officers who are making a difference in our community.”

Walker’s bond was set at $20,000. He has a court date Nov. 6 and is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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