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Welfare check leads to marijuana find

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A welfare check Tuesday evening led to the arrest of a Garysburg man on marijuana charges, the City County Drug Task Force reported.

Captain A.M. Harris said Corporal M. Bishop of the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office went to the residence in the 900 block of Elm Street in Weldon to check on a woman for the Northampton County Sheriff’s Office. The woman was not at the residence.

Harris said in a statement Bishop responded to the residence around 6:30 p.m.and could reportedly smell marijuana coming from inside.

Five people were inside and a Mason jar containing marijuana was turned over to Bishop.

Bishop contacted task force agents who secured the house and applied for a search warrant.

Weldon police Sergeant T.L. Mason and his dog, Rio, and Agent D.R. Radford and his dog, Tony, assisted with the search of the property.  

Agents seized an additional 26 grams of marijuana, a handgun and several items of marijuana paraphernalia.

Radford arrested and charged Marquese Alston, 23, of Garysburg, with possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, possession of marijuana paraphernalia and maintaining a vehicle or dwelling for a controlled substance.

He has an October 4 court date.

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