A rookie cop and his training officer found no one home when they answered a domestic-disturbance call Wednesday afternoon, but the townhouse door was unlocked, and the rookie caught an odor he had been trained to recognize: raw marijuana.
That led Officer P.T. Mitchell to apply for a search warrant for the residence in the 5200 block of Big Bass Drive, and he and his trainer turned up 32 pounds of marijuana, a half-pound of cocaine, equipment for weighing and packaging and a money counter.
The evidence was listed on the search warrant when they returned it to the Wake County court clerk’s office on Thursday morning.
In his application for the search warrant, Mitchell told a magistrate that he was one of two officers sent to the home because a man was supposed to be in the house breaking things.
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They knocked, got no answer and found the door unlocked, Mitchell said.
The two went into the townhouse for what police call a security sweep, making sure no one is injured and no one else is inside with a weapon.
“A strong odor of marijuana was detected coming from the garage,” Mitchell said. Checking the garage for anyone who might be in there, they saw the money counter, the scale and some marijuana, he said.
The officers said they found 10 bags with various quantities of marijuana, loose marijuana, the cocaine, $250 in cash and items with various people’s names on them.
Narcotics detectives were investigating the discovery.
No one had been charged as of Thursday morning.