Officer's nose leads to 6-pound marijuana seizure in Raleigh

From staff reportsApril 8, 2014 

— A police officer on the job for a year turned a crash investigation into a seizure of 6.3 pounds of marijuana and a handgun last weekend, a search warrant revealed.

In the warrant, returned to a court clerk Monday afternoon, Officer M.J. Dudley said he was at 5508 Kaplan Drive on Saturday because he was investigating a crash that had happened there.

When he went to an apartment in the building to talk to a driver who was involved, Dudley told a magistrate, he smelled marijuana, and the odor got stronger after the door opened.

With the search warrant from the magistrate, police went back to the apartment and found 6.3 pounds of marijuana (2,854 grams), a 9 mm semiautomatic pistol and eight bullets for it and various drug paraphernalia and a half-gram of cocaine, the returned warrant stated.

Police spokesman Jim Sughrue said Dudley joined the force in April 2013.

Saturday night, police charged Patrick Jamel Farrior, 32, of 2905 Red Clay Drive in Raleigh with possession of marijuana with intent to sell it, possession of a stolen firearm and possession of a firearm by a felon.

They also charged Caprissa Vonchetta Hunter, 32, who lived in the apartment, with possessing marijuana with intent to sell it, possessing cocaine with intent to sell and maintaiing a place to keep drugs.

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