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RED OAK — Nash County sheriff’s deputies captured a South Carolina murder suspect and seized drugs following a Thursday traffic stop on Interstate 95 South.
Christopher Fuller, 25, of Lake City, South Carolina, was pulled over driving a Nissan Altima with a Florida license plate near mile marker 141, according to a sheriff’s office news release. Fuller was wanted on first-degree murder, attempted murder, robbery and assault and battery charges from a March 24 killing in Williston, South Carolina.
The sheriff’s office Highway Interdiction Team stopped the car on suspicion of criminal activity. Chief Deputy Brandon Medina said Fuller initially gave Deputy P. Hufton two fake names. After Fuller stepped out of the car to speak with Hufton, passenger Larry Harris, 33, of Columbia, South Carolina, allegedly jumped into the driver’s seat and sped away in the car.
Deputies began searching for the fleeing Nissan Altima, and a tipster alerted dispatchers to the vehicle’s location while reporting a man removing items from the car and hiding them in the woods off North Old Carriage Road in Red Oak.
Sgt. D. Walker and K-9 partner Dako found Harris along with the items he was stashing in the woods. Deputies say they seized 139 grams (4.3 ounces) of cocaine, 70 grams (2 ½ ounces) of marijuana, 64 grams (2.3 ounces) of Ecstasy, 57 grams (2 ounces) of heroin, 41 grams (1.4 ounces) of oxycodone and 8 grams of Xanax along with three firearm magazines.
Deputies identified both men and learned that Fuller was wanted on the murder charge. Nash County authorities alerted the Williston Police Department in South Carolina of Fuller’s capture to facilitate his extradition.
Fuller is being held without bond on South Carolina fugitive warrants.
He and Harris were both charged with trafficking heroin by possession, transportation and conspiracy, trafficking cocaine by possession, transportation and conspiracy, trafficking MDMA by possession, transportation and conspiracy, possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana, felony possession of marijuana, possession of a Schedule IV controlled substance, providing fictitious information to an officer and having no operator’s license.
Harris faces an additional charge of felony fleeing to elude arrest.