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Man charged with drug distribution after police find cocaine, 2 pounds of marijuana in car

Michael Dwayne Palmer, 36, is charged with distribution of cocaine, distribution of marijuana and resisting arrest. </span>(Steve Roberts, Jr/WYDaily)
Michael Dwayne Palmer, 36, is charged with distribution of cocaine, distribution of marijuana and resisting arrest. (Steve Roberts, Jr/WYDaily)

A James City County man is facing drug charges after Williamsburg police found cocaine and 2 pounds of marijuana in his car.

Michael Dwayne Palmer, 36, is charged with distributing cocaine, distributing marijuana and resisting arrest, Williamsburg police said.

The drug offenses are felonies.

Police responded to a complaint of a speeding vehicle around 9:15 p.m. Tuesday on Mimosa Drive, police said. The caller told police the speeding vehicle was a large silver-colored, older model vehicle. They also provided a partial license plate number.

Police arrived and found a vehicle matching the description — a 2001 Lincoln Town Car — parked at a residence in the 100 block of Mimosa Drive.

The officer set up radar nearby. Around 9:40 p.m., the officer observed the Lincoln leaving the neighborhood and allegedly driving over the speed limit.

The officer stopped the vehicle on South Henry Street, identifying the driver as Palmer.

Officers discovered Palmer had an outstanding warrant for his arrest and tried to take him into custody.

Palmer allegedly fled the scene on foot, but the pursuit was short and ended after Palmer surrendered, police said.

Police said they found a baggie that contained cocaine after searching the route palmer took when he fled arrest.

An officer also discovered another baggie of cocaine in Palmer’s car and two 1-pound bags of marijuana.

Palmer was taken to the Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail.

Online court records show Palmer previously has been charged with driving while intoxicated, possessing a weapon as a felon, selling or distributing  marijuana, and speeding.

Palmer is scheduled to appear in court June 14.

Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing is the Assistant Editor at WYDaily. Sarah was born in the state of Maine, grew up along the coast, and attended college at the University of Maine at Orono. Sarah left Maine in October 2015 when she was offered a job at a newspaper in West Point, Va. Courts, crime, public safety and civil rights are among Sarah’s favorite topics to cover. She currently covers those topics in Williamsburg, James City County and York County. Sarah has been recognized by other news organizations, state agencies and civic groups for her coverage of a failing fire-rescue system, an aging agriculture industry and lack of oversight in horse rescue groups. In her free time, Sarah enjoys lazing around with her two cats, Salazar and Ruth, drinking copious amounts of coffee and driving places in her white truck.

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