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Former Columbia pawn shop owner arrested after 6 years in hiding

Aug 31, 2011 12:48:00 PM - thestate.com
A former pawn shop owner wanted for the last six years in Richland County on drug charges was tracked down by the U.S. Marshals Service in North Carolina and now is in custody.

Patricia Ann Ewing, also known as Connie Baughman, was tracked from South Carolina to Washington, Utah and finally, Rockingham, N.C., the marshals service said. She was arrested Tuesday.

Ewing left the area after charges were filed in March 2005 of trafficking methamphetamine, trafficking cocaine, possession of a of a sawed-off shotgun and possession with intent to distribute marijuana. She also is charged with failure to appear for a bench warrent issued in August 2005.

The arrest followed a tip to the marshals service earlier this month that Ewing was traveling with a trucker and based in Rockingham. Agents located and tracked the truck from the west coast back to North Carolina.

A large team of law enforcers from the marshals service, the Columbia Police Department, the South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division, Richland, Lexington and Orangeburg county sheriff’s departments, the Rockingham Police Department and the Richmond (N.C.) County Sheriff’s Department located and arrested Ewing without incident.

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