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Weed and gun found in car of former Socastee, CCU football player, SCHP report

A former Socastee High School and Coastal Carolina University football player was arrested Saturday after a state trooper stopped him for speeding and reportedly found a gun and marijuana in his car.

Delano Walters, 21, of Murrells Inlet, was charged in connection with unlawful carrying of a pistol, possession of marijuana and speeding, online jail records show.

According to a South Carolina Highway Patrol incident report, Walters was stopped on U.S. 17 Bypass around 1 a.m. after a trooper said he was swerving on the road and clocked his speed at 69 mph in a 55 mph zone.

When the trooper explained to Walters the reason for the stop, he said “he knew what he was doing and was in a hurry to get to his brother’s house,” according to the report.

The trooper then asked if there was anything in the vehicle that he needed to be aware of and Walters said no. After the trooper asked for permission to search the vehicle due “to a strong odor of marijuana,” Walters handed him a clear plastic bag containing marijuana that weighed 3.76 grams and was “for personal use,” the report says.

After Walters tried to make a phone call, he told the trooper a gun was under the driver’s seat and that he didn’t have a concealed weapons permit but filed for one, according to the report.

Walters said he “was nervous because he did not want to go to jail and that he had been released from jail about a month ago for possessing two firearms and some weed,” according to the trooper.

The trooper noted in the report the gun under the driver’s seat was fully loaded with 21 rounds.

On May 25, an Horry County police officer was parked at the Circle K located at 4481 Socastee Blvd. when he noticed a “smell consistent with marijuana” coming from a black BMW parked next to his patrol car, according to an incident report.

Officers say Walters walked into the store, then walked back out and opened his passenger side door and “appeared as if he had put something into the vehicle while hunched over.”

Walters then walked back into the store for a second time and a different officer followed him in there “to see if [Walters] also smelled like marijuana,” the report says.

After the officer and Walters crossed paths, he determined that he did “smell like marijuana.”

Both of the officers then approached Walters and advised him for the reason of contact and that he was not free to leave. Walters then attempted to flee the scene, and one officer grabbed onto his shirt and the other officer held him in a “bear hug,” according to the report.

The officer noted in the report that it was a struggle to gain control of Walters, but eventually both officers managed to take him to the ground and hold him there “with [Walters] face-down with his arms locked under him,” all while one officer was “still in the bear hug hold on [Walters] back.”

When officers searched the car, a rifle-caliber pistol, a Glock pistol, two clear plastic bags containing marijuana and a digital scale were found in the floorboard of the front passenger seat, the report says.

One officer also found two plastic bags containing marijuana “stuffed in [Walters] underwear,” the report states.

Walters was charged in connection with possession with intent to distribute marijuana, unlawful carrying of a pistol and possession with intent to distribute near a school, according to online records.

Walters was a three-year member of the CCU football team as a non-scholarship walk-on and played special teams in all 12 games in 2016 while participating in 22 games in his career, according to Coastal’s athletic website.

CCU coach Joe Moglia said in March that Walters was dismissed from the team for not living up to the program’s behavioral standards.

Prior to Coastal, Walters was a standout player at Socastee High School, where he had 16 touchdowns during his senior year.

Michaela Broyles, 843-626-0281, @MichaelaBroyles

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