Raleigh man charged with having 2 pounds of pot, stolen pistols, rifle

rgallagher@newsobserver.comNovember 4, 2013 

— Less than three weeks after charging a man with several drug-possession misdemeanors, police Sunday charged him with having 2 pounds of marijuana, two stolen handguns, a stolen assault rifle and the drug ecstasy.

Charles Hartwell, 29, of 1310 Glen Drive in Raleigh, was arrested about noon near a storage unit at a Yonkers Road facility where police charged he kept drugs.

According to arrest warrants, Hartwell had 2 pounds of marijuana and 5 grams of ecstasy, referred to as MDMA, from its chemical name.

Police also accused Hartwell of having a .45-caliber pistol, a 9 mm pistol and a .223-caliber Bushmaster assault rifle similar to the one used in the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., last December.

All three guns had been stolen, police said, and they charged Hartwell with possession of stolen guns and possession of a firearm by a felon based on his conviction in July 2012 of felony possession of marijuana, misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia and driving with a revoked license.

Hartwell was put on 24 months’ probation then, probation violation was one of the charges police filed when they arrested him Oct. 15.

He also was charged then with misdemeanor possession of a Schedule II drug, which includes numerous prescription drugs and methamphetamine; a Schedule IV drug; marijuana, and drug paraphernalia.

He also was accused of misdemeanor child abuse.

Sunday, police also filed four charges of maintaining a place to keep or sell drugs: One for a motel room, one for the storage unit and one each for an Acura and a Mitsubishi.

Hartwell was being held in lieu of $1 million bail for a court appearance Monday.

Gallagher: 919-829-4572

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