Bumper, false name lead to drug arrest

Austin Daniel Cross
Austin Daniel Cross

A lost bumper and using the name of a suspect already in jail led to a drug arrest and multiple charges in Chadbourn Sept. 2.

Austin Daniel Cross II, 25, of Lumberton, was arrested on charges of cocaine possession, maintaining a vehicle for drug activities, drug paraphernalia, fictitious information, and multiple traffic charges, according to jail reports. He was also held on outstanding charges of assault on a female, injury to property, assault by pointing a gun and assault with a deadly weapon.

Chadbourn police Chief Anthony Spivey said Ptl. J. Driggers was on routine patrol in the early morning hours when he spotted a vehicle bumper in the intersection of Brown Street and Strawberry Boulevard. He found Cross and another motorist in the parking lot of Williamson’s Barbecue and stopped to see if they needed assistance. The truck Cross was allegedly operating had sustained heavy damage. The drivers appeared to be “trying to work things out” when the officer pulled up.

“Driggers noticed the suspect acting nervous,” Spivey said.

Both parties refused medical treatment, Spivey said, and Driggers began making a report on the incident. Cross allegedly gave Driggers a false name, and when Spivey heard the name over the radio, he knew the suspect was not telling the truth.

“I knew the individual by that name was incarcerated at the time,” Spivey said.

Cpl. T.G. Lovett responded to assist, and Cross was taken into custody. A subsequent search of the vehicle turned up cocaine, marijuana, and paraphernalia.

Cross was placed in the Columbus County Detention Center  under $22,500 bond.

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  1. Jefferson I’m so glad you are doing this , its nice to get the whole story rather then a tease tag.

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