Police seized almost 10 pounds of marijuana in two arrests Thursday, one of them after a traffic stop and the other in a raid on a Collegiate Circle apartment.
The largest quantity, 2,518 grams, or about 5.55 pounds, was in a 2008 Audi that Sean Michael Moore was driving, police said in an arrest warrant charging him with possession with intent to sell or distribute the drug and maintaining the car for doing that..
Moore, 24, of 2200 Pointers Glen Way – a Wendell address between Knightdale and Rolesville – was charged shortly before midnight after questioning by detectives at their headquarters at 4501 Atlantic Ave., records showed.
In the other arrest, detectives charged Samuel Elliott Wells, 20, with possession with intent to sell marijuana and with maintaining an apartment he shares at 1420 Collegiate Circle, near Lake Johnson in southwest Raleigh, as a place to keep and sell it.
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In the apartment, according to an arrest warrant for Wells and a search warrant turned in to court clerks, was 1,941 grams of marijuana – about 4.2 pounds – as well as a rifle and boxes of ammunition.
In the search warrant, police said they had been watching Wells’s apartment after getting information from an informant who told them dope sales were happening there.
On Wednesday, they watched people come and go from the apartment, and they stopped a car with two of them and arrested them on marijuana charges.
Alerted by the detectives on the stakeout, a patrol officer stopped a Mitsubishi Endeavor driven by Andrew Chen, 19, at Tryon Road and Mid Pines Drive and found 260 grams – a bit over a half-pound – of marijuana.
Chen, from Wilmington, was charged with possession with intent to sell and maintaining the Endeavor for drugs.
In asking for the search warrant, Detective A.P. Kerensky told a magistrate that another, unnamed man had been seen leaving Wells’s apartment after a brief visit and told a patrol officer who stopped him that he had bought marijuana in his car from Wells.
Moore had posted $10,000 bail and was free Friday.
Wells was being held in lieu of $12,000 bail and was to be in court Friday.