Crime

Game vendor accused of selling marijuana at the NC State Fair

Frederick James Pugh
Frederick James Pugh CCBI

Wake County sheriff’s deputies this week accused an amusement game vendor of selling marijuana out of his parked camper at the N.C. State Fair.

Frederick James Pugh, 31, was charged Thursday with one felony count each of possession of marijuana with intent to sell and deliver and also maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance. He was also charged with one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia, Wake County jail spokesman said.

Pugh, of Fort White, Fla., is the owner and manager of Pugh & Sons Company. He was operating two games, including the “Shoot Out The Star Game” on the New Midway, according to a search warrant application filed Friday afternoon at the county clerk’s office.

The day before Pugh’s arrest, someone tipped off sheriff’s deputies about drug activity at the State Fair inside a Keystone Hornet pull-behind camper, the search warrant says. The tipster told deputies the camper had a gray tarp on the roof and was parked near Gate Five, behind the “Shoot Out The Star Game.”

Before speaking with Pugh, a deputy with the K-9 unit checked out the exterior of the camper. The deputy’s canine partner, “Hydro,” sniffed what appeared to be narcotics near the rear door and windows, Investigator E. Seda wrote in the search warrant.

Pugh was operating the games at the fair when he was approached by members of the sheriff’s office drugs and vice unit. When law enforcement officers asked Pugh if there were any drugs inside the camper, he “became very nervous and began shaking while holding his cell phone,” Seda wrote.

“Frederick Pugh spontaneously uttered that there is less than half an ounce of marijuana inside this camper trailer,” he reported.

Deputies searched the camper and seized several glass pipes, a digital scale, two packs of rolling papers, a metal grinder and cash, along with an undisclosed amount of marijuana, stems and seeds, according to the search warrant.

Deputies transported Pugh to the Wake County jail. He was released from custody Thursday after posting a $10,000 bond, the jail spokesman said.

Thomasi McDonald: 919-829-4533, @thomcdonald

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