Man denies possessing drugs, loaded guns in Columbus drive-through last summer

By: 
Marlo Pronovost
Thursday, October 11, 2018

A man has denied possession of methamphetamine and loaded firearms while driving in Columbus this past summer.

Tobias Sims, 39, appeared in 22nd Judicial District Court last week and pleaded not guilty to two felony counts of criminal possession of dangerous drugs with intent to distribute and one felony count of possessing property subject to criminal forfeiture.

He is free on his own recognizance, but is subject to random drug testing at least twice a week while the case is pending. He must also abide by a 10 p.m. curfew unless working.

THE CASE

According to court documents, in July 2018, Sims was stopped in Columbus after Stillwater County Sheriff’s Deputy Randy Smith saw him in the McDonald’s drive-through and knew he had a warrant for his arrest out of Custer County for criminal possession of dangerous drugs with the intent to distribute, as well as use or possession of property subject to criminal forfeiture.

During the traffic stop, Sims’ hands shook and he would not look at Deputy Smith. There was a rifle in the passenger seat and Smith could smell the odor of burned marijuana coming from the car, according to court documents. Sims was arrested and refused consent to have his car searched. A deputy and K-9 were brought to the scene, with the K-9 indicating on the trunk of the car.

A search warrant was obtained, and seized from the car was a .22 caliber rifle with 10 rounds, one of which was in the chamber, 9.2 grams of methamphetamine, approximately 6.6 grams of marijuana, 57 oxycodone pills, five $100 bills and five $1 bills, according to court documents.

In the trunk of the car was found a Bersa .380 pistol with four rounds in the magazine and one in the chamber, as well as a box of Colt Defense .380 ACP ammo and a box of Aguilla .22 ammo, according to court documents.

Also seized were Sims’ 2003 Cadillac DeVille and $908 in cash.

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