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Man leads deputies on chase, is allegedly found with nearly $500,000 worth of drugs

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GULF COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - A Gulf County man is facing charges after leading deputies on a chase.

Sheriff's officials say Storm Sims, 29, was arrested Wednesday.

They say deputies tried to pull Sims over near Wewahitchka for going over the speed limit and having a brake light out, but Sims didn't stop. When he did, deputies say Sims got out of the vehicle and ran off into the woods where deputies caught up with him.

In Sims' vehicle, deputies say they found nearly $500,000 in cash, oxycodone, heroin, cocaine, marijuana, and a gun. Authorities say the drugs have a street value of almost $500,000.

Sims is facing multiple charges.

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 Nearly half a million dollars in U.S. currency and more than 34,000 oxycodone pills are discovered following a traffic stop near Wewahitchka.

Just before midnight, Wednesday Gulf County Sheriff’s Deputies were running radar along Brian Setterich Road. A motorist in a blue Kia van passed the deputies driving 40 miles per hour in a posted 25 mile an hour zone. In addition to the speed, the van also had a brake light out on the driver’s side.

Deputies attempted a traffic stop, but the van turned on Highway 71 and continued north. Once on Highway 71, the vehicle passed over into the southbound lane and eventually drove onto the shoulder. Once on the shoulder, the driver opened the door of the van, jumped from the vehicle and ran into the woods.

A foot pursuit ensued and deputies were able to detain the suspect. When deputies approached the vehicle to look for some form of identification they noticed the smell of marijuana.

A search was conducted and the following items were located inside the vehicle:

• $470,640 in U.S. Currency

• 32 plastic bags containing approximately 1,000 15mg oxycodone pills labeled “M 15”

• 2 plastic bags containing approximately 1,000 30 mg oxycodone pills labeled “M 30”

• Plastic vacuum sealed bag containing black tar heroin weighing 7.8 ounces

• Plastic bag containing crack cocaine weighing 25.5 grams

• Plastic bag containing powdered cocaine weighing 20.8 grams

• Ten plastic bags of marijuana weighing 2 pounds 9 ounces

• A fully loaded 9mm handgun with additional ammunition located beside the driver’s seat

The approximate street value of all illegal substances confiscated during this incident is $540,000.

The suspect, later identified as Storm Cinque Sims, 29, of Callaway, Florida was charged with possession of a cocaine with intent to sell, trafficking in oxycodone, possession of heroin, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of drug paraphernalia, fleeing and eluding, and driving with a suspended license.

Sims was transported and booked into the Gulf County Detention Facility where he is being held on a $374,000 bond.

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