Suspect says he made $250,000 at NCSU selling marijuana

Staff WriterJanuary 25, 2011 

— A recent N.C. State University student who told law enforcement officials that he made $250,000 in the past year selling marijuana to fellow students has been charged with drug trafficking.

Robert Harrell Bass Jr. was stopped this month by an Oklahoma state trooper, who found 26 pounds of marijuana in the minivan Bass was driving, according to a search warrant made public Monday.

Bass, a junior, was enrolled at NCSU in the fall but did not register for the current semester, said Keith Nichols, a university spokesman.

$26,123 in cash found

After his arrest in the Jan. 8 traffic stop, Bass told the Oklahoma trooper that he had picked up the marijuana from someone in Humboldt, Calif., after wiring the person $70,000, court records show. Bass told the trooper that he and a friend flew to California to pick up the marijuana. The friend, whom Bass called "Ben Van," rented a white, 2010 Dodge Caravan, court records show. The friend flew back to Raleigh and left Bass to drive the van, Bass said.

The state trooper told Bass that he was being charged with drug trafficking and that his bail would be about $25,000. Bass replied that he had that amount of cash on hand at his house, 1251/2 Chamberlain Street in Raleigh. Then, the state trooper said, Bass called his roommate to verify the cash on hand and asked him to remove it from a safe at the home, court records show.

Bass also told the trooper that he had made about $250,000 peddling marijuana to other students over the past year, court record shows.

The Oklahoma trooper contacted Raleigh police and told them what Bass had said.

Last week, Raleigh police searched Bass' residence and a silver, 2001 Toyota Camry parked at the home. Investigators found $26,123 in cash, nearly 60 grams of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, a desktop computer, bank bags and notebooks, court records show.

Raleigh police are awaiting Bass's extradition from Oklahoma.

Nichols, the NCSU spokesman, said the university would not take any disciplinary action against Bass because he is not enrolled as a student.

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