Walhalla man arrested in Toccoa for possession of drugs

A Walhalla, South Carolina man was arrested in Toccoa recently.

According to Toccoa Police Chief Jimmy Mize, around 11 pm. On September 4, one of his officers did a routine walk-through at the Mountain Mart gas station, where he observed a white male lock a black Ford Edge and nervously enter the store.

The officer walked through the store and as he went out, looked into the vehicle and observed a scale and meth in plain view on the driver’s side floorboard.

Mize says that back-up was called, so one officer could stay with the car, while two officers went in the store and asked the male if the vehicle belonged to him.

The suspect did not reply.

The officers detained and searched the male, identified as Matthew Lowell, 31, of Walhalla, South Carolina.

Heroin, methamphetamine and a 9mm Taurus weapon were all found on his person.

A search warrant was obtained for the vehicle.

Lowell was arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, trafficking methamphetamine, possession of heroin with intent to distribute, trafficking heroin, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a firearm in commission to commit a crime and possession of drug related objects.

He was transported to the Stephens County Jail to be processed.