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A man with pending court dates on drug charges and a count of accessory after the fact in a murder on Grant Drive last year faces marijuana counts.


Marc Anthony Solomon-Cartagena, 29, faces charges following an investigation Thursday morning which led to the marijuana counts being lodged against him, said Captain A.M. Harris of Halifax County Sheriff’s Office in a statement today.

Around 10:30 a.m., agents and investigators for the Halifax and Northampton sheriff’s office, Roanoke Rapids Police Department, North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation and North Carolina State Alcohol Law Enforcement went to a residence on Grant Drive on a follow-up.

Agents reportedly noticed the strong smell of marijuana coming from inside and a search warrant was applied for and executed at the residence.

Agents seized 718 grams of marijuana and several items of marijuana paraphernalia which included a vacuum sealer, a white plastic bowl, a digital scale, box of plastic bags and cigars.

Harris arrested and charged Solomon-Cartagena for felony possession of marijuana, possession with intent to sell/deliver marijuana, maintaining a vehicle/dwelling for a controlled substance and possession of marijuana paraphernalia.

He received a $10,000 bond with a February 20 court date.  

Harris said in the statement the street value of the marijuana is approximately $3,590.

Solomon-Cartagena has a February 18 superior court date on a charge of accessory after the fact.

That charged is linked to the murder investigation of Daquinn Blount who was killed last summer on Grant Drive.

The sheriff’s office at the time would only say the accessory count against the man came after facts were discovered which led investigators to the charge.

On February 20, Solomon-Cartagena is scheduled to appear in district court not only on the current charges but charges of misdemeanor possession of marijuana; felony possession of marijuana; felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver marijuana and felony maintaining a place to keep controlled substances.