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Wilmington home search leads to drug charges

Two Wilmington residents are facing drug charges after a search on April 27. Neighbors purportedly complained, and eventually police showed up at the home. Police say they were granted permission to search the home and drug charges were filed soon after.

When the home was searched, authorities allegedly found 168 grams of marijuana that had been divided into smaller amounts for sale. They also say they found four rifles and two handguns, one of which was reportedly stolen in 2009. A man and a woman were arrested following the search.

The drug charges against the woman include maintaining a dwelling for drugs, possession with intent to sell/deliver marijuana and manufacturing a schedule VI controlled substance because she was allegedly growing marijuana outside. She also faces weapons charges including possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of a stolen firearm. The woman was released after posting an unsecured bond of $100,000.

The man is facing the same charges as the woman, but he was also charged in an unrelated civil case for child support for which there was an outstanding warrant. He remained in jail at the New Hanover County detention facility. The man's bond was set at $100,000 for the drug and weapons charges and an additional $16,000 for the child support charges.

When facing drug charges, it is important to know your rights. In this case, the individuals charged with drug crimes let police search their home. However, if police do not have probable cause or a search warrant, you do not have to let them into your home. Making sure you understand your rights can go a long way toward protecting your freedom.

Source: WWAY NewsChannel 3, "Another drug bust for Wilmington Police Department," Katelyn Hackett, April 27, 2012

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