Two men are facing felony charges following the seizure of close to half a pound of marijuana in separate traffic stops Saturday, according to reports from Sampson County Sheriff’s authorities.
Curtis Carroll Williams, 33, of 413 Sampson St., Apt. A, was charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana and maintaining a vehicle for the storage of a controlled substance.
Williams was reportedly arrested on East Morisey Boulevard near Eastover Terrace after the 2002 Chevy Tahoe he was driving was stopped by agents with the Sheriff’s Special Investigation Division for a traffic violation.
Following the stop, the driver consent to a search of the vehicle. During that search, 136.6 grams of marijuana (roughly 5 ounces) was discovered hidden in the vehicle, Sheriff’s Lt. Marcus Smith said. As a result the suspect was arrested and charged.
Williams was subsequently placed in the Sampson County Detention Center under $25,000 secured bond.
According to the N.C. Department of Public Safety, Williams has a felony drug conviction on his record from 2010 in Sampson — possession of a Schedule II controlled substance — for which he was given a suspended sentence.
Earlier in the day, a Virginia man was taken into custody in the northern end of the county following a similar stop in a separate incident.
A 2009 Chevrolet Impala being driven by Monterio Ontra Martin, 25, of Newport News, Va., was stopped by Sheriff’s Criminal Interdiction officers on Fayetteville Highway (U.S. 13) near Hollerin Road, Dunn, for a traffic violation.
“During the stop, officers smelled a strong odor of marijuana and conducted a probable cause search,” Smith stated. “During the search, they located several packaged bags of marijuana and a concealed handgun.”
According to sheriff’s reports, about 56 grams of the drug (roughly 2 ounces) was seized.
Martin, who also had a Fayetteville address in sheriff’s records, was charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and carrying a concealed weapon.
He was placed in the Detention Center under $30,000 secured bond.
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