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Former Columbia Police Chief arrested Tuesday night released on bond

Former CPD Chief arrested Tuesday night released on bond

COLUMBIA, SC (WACH) -- Former Columbia Police Chief Randy Scott is out on bond after a hearing Wednesday afternoon, according to court records.

Bond was set Wednesday afternoon for Scott, who was arrested with another fugitive and a woman Tuesday.

Scott's personal recognizance bond was set at $5,500.

Scott's arrest comes after Richland County Sheriff's deputies were searching for a wanted fugitive.

During a press conference, Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott announced that Scott had been arrested during that search and is facing a drug charge.

On Tuesday, RCSD's Fugitive Task Force and the U.S. Marshals were searching for a wanted fugitive at a home on Heyward Higgins Road. When they arrived at the home, deputies found narcotics in plain view.

Everyone inside of the home, including Scott, were all detained while the task force searched the home. During their investigation the task force found drugs in Scott's bedroom and arrested and charged him with possession of methamphetamine.

Scott worked for the Richland County Sheriff's Department from 1994 until 2010 after he resigned due to health reasons. He began his tenure as Chief with the Columbia Police Department in 2011 but went on personal leave in 2013. He officially stepped down as chief in April 2013.

He was later hired by the Richland County Sheriff's Department as an investigator before resigning again.

Two others were also arrested Tuesday. Tyrik Wilson, 25, was charged with possession of less than one gram of methamphetamine (first offense) . Jessica Olin was charged with possession of narcotics first offense.

Wilson was wanted out of Lexington County for bench warrants for failing to appear, trafficking cocaine, failure to stop, possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine.

Full presser below:


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