A Columbia man was sentenced to five years in prison on charges of drug trafficking and possessing a firearm.
Michael Quattlebaum, 45, also will spend three years under the supervision of federal authorities after he serves his five-year sentence, according to a news release by the U.S. District Attorney’s Office.
Quattlebaum was arrested by the Columbia Police Department in April 2016. He took officers on a foot chase after they attempted pull him over in his vehicle, the release stated.
Officers said they saw Quattlebaum “opening large packages of cocaine and attempting to get rid of the controlled substance” by dumping it as he ran, according to the release. Once officers caught up with Quattlebaum, they found cocaine on him. They also found on Quattlebaum a 9mm pistol, ammunition and “various drug paraphernalia.”
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