Foot chase leads to cocaine bust


SOUTHERN PINES — Police charged a man with cocaine trafficking Thursday night after officers caught him in a chase through the woods behind his home.

Southern Pines police were investigating suspected drug activity at 1180 W. Wisconsin Ave. and say 32-year-old Derrick Delmont Malloy ran into the woods when officers approached the home around 11:20 p.m.

Police chased him down and detained him during the search. Capt. Charles Campbell said one officer sustained a cut to his arm during the pursuit through the brush.

Investigators say they seized 70 grams, or about 2.5 ounces, of powder cocaine, electronic scales, packaging supplies and $5,580 in cash.

Malloy is charged with trafficking cocaine, possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia, maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance, felony possession of cocaine and resisting a public officer.

Malloy was booked into the Moore County Detention Center in Carthage under a $75,100 secured bond. He is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday.

He has numerous past convictions on cocaine and marijuana charges, according to the N.C. Division of Adult Correction. Court records show Malloy also has a pending driving while license revoked charge in Scotland County.