Clinton couple jailed after 26 pounds of pot, $70K seized


Two arrested after 26 pounds of pot, $70K seized

By Chris Berendt - [email protected]



Sampson County Sheriff Jimmy Thornton stands over drugs and money seized Thursday. In total, two arrests were made in the investigation, which resulted in the seizure of 26 pounds of marijuana, $68,000, a rifle and two vehicles.


Robbie Warren


Michelle Warren


A Clinton couple has been arrested on drug trafficking charges following a multi-agency investigation by Sampson County Sheriff’s drug agents, who seized two separate 10-pound packages of marijuana from Clinton residences Thursday to go along with another 6 pounds and nearly $70,000 in cash from the couple’s Carolina Avenue home.

Robbie Harrison Warren, 50, and Michelle Mason Warren, 47, both of 404 Carolina Ave., Clinton, were each charged with felony offenses. Robbie Warren received charges of trafficking in marijuana by possession, trafficking in marijuana by transport, and possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana. Michelle Warren was charged with conspiracy to traffic in marijuana and simple possession of marijuana.

Each also had pending charges of contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile, authorities said. The Department of Social Services was contacted Friday morning about the case.

The head of the Sheriff’s Special Investigation Division, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said information was received by agents of a package at 345 Barker Road. Robbie Warren’s vehicle was stopped on Barker Road at approximately 1 p.m. Thursday as he pulled away from the home, the package in his possession.

Investigation led agents to another home at 5094 Rowan Road, reportedly Warren’s next stop. There, another 10-pound weed package was seized. A resident of the home, Richard Bradshaw, 54, was subsequently charged with simple possession of marijuana.

Ultimately, a search warrant was obtained for the Warrens’ Carolina Avenue home, where 6 more pounds of marijuana was discovered along with $68,000 in cash. Along with the drugs and cash, two vehicles were seized as part of the investigation, as well as a camouflage Thompson 308 rifle with scope.

The 26 pounds of marijuana has a reported street value of $117,000, authorities said.

“He’s been on our radar,” the SID head stated. “Anyone who’s in possession of 26 pounds of marijuana is a supplier. That’s a lot of drugs that’s not hitting the streets.”

The multi-agency investigation is ongoing, he noted.

Looking over Thursday’s seizure, Sheriff Jimmy Thornton praised his agents.

“This is drugs that won’t get into the hands of our children,” he said. “Kudos to SID for their diligence and hard work. This is something they’ve been working on for a while and their diligence paid off.”

The sheriff also pointed to Carolina Avenue and the surrounding neighborhood, which he called a nice area.

“He lives in a real good neighborhood,” said Thornton. “It just goes to show that the drug industry cuts across all socio-economic backgrounds and knows no borders.”

Robbie Warren was placed in the Sampson County Detention Center under $400,000 bond. Michelle Warren was given $165,000 bond for the charges.

Reach Managing Editor Chris Berendt at 910-249-4616. Follow the paper on twitter @SampsonInd and like us on Facebook.

Two arrested after 26 pounds of pot, $70K seized

By Chris Berendt

[email protected]

Sampson County Sheriff Jimmy Thornton stands over drugs and money seized Thursday. In total, two arrests were made in the investigation, which resulted in the seizure of 26 pounds of marijuana, $68,000, a rifle and two vehicles.
http://clintonnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_weed-bust3.jpgSampson County Sheriff Jimmy Thornton stands over drugs and money seized Thursday. In total, two arrests were made in the investigation, which resulted in the seizure of 26 pounds of marijuana, $68,000, a rifle and two vehicles.

Robbie Warren
http://clintonnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_robbie-warren-Copy1.jpgRobbie Warren

Michelle Warren
http://clintonnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_michelle-warran1.jpgMichelle Warren

Reach Managing Editor Chris Berendt at 910-249-4616. Follow the paper on twitter @SampsonInd and like us on Facebook.

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