A Columbia man is accused of flying home from California with more than 40 pounds of marijuana and $4,000 in his suitcases.

Kevin Antwan Simmons, 43, is charged with trafficking marijuana, according to a warrant for his arrest.

“Law enforcement officers from the Sacramento area notified South Carolina-based Drug Enforcement Administration agents that Simmons was flying into Columbia Oct. 17,” Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon said. “Once Simmons landed and grabbed two suitcases at baggage claim, DEA and Lexington County narcotics agents approached him and he consented to a search of his bags.”

Officers at the Sacramento airport found the marijuana in Simmons’ suitcases when the bags were X-rayed before his flight departed, according to Koon.

“Simmons was arrested after agents found the drugs and cash in the suitcases at CAE,” Koon said.

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