Two men arrested Thursday afternoon on a residential cul-de-sac had approximately 85 pounds of marijuana, according to charges by Wake County sheriff's deputies.
Dalton Michael Chobanian, 24, of Apex and Patrick Austin Hall, 21, of Broadway in Lee County, were each charged with trafficking in marijuana and conspiring to do that.
The arrest happened about 3:20 p.m. on Anne Carol Court, which is in a neighborhood between Interstate 40 and Lake Wheeler Road in the southern end of the city, according to county records.
The sheriff’s office said the drugs were found after deputies stopped a vehicle there.
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Drug-trafficking charges are more serious felonies than possession with intent to sell and are triggered by the quantity of drugs involved.
For marijuana, trafficking involves at least 10 pounds. For drugs such as heroin, opiates and cocaine, the quantities are much smaller.
Trafficking in pot has several categories. Chobanian and Hall were charged in the second-highest category, which is between 50 and 200 pounds.
Chobanian was held on $500,000 bail and Hall on $250,000 pending court appearances.