ROCKINGHAM — A Richmond County couple is facing multiple felony drug charges for allegedly selling cocaine, heroin and pills.
The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office arrested 47-year-old Patrick Leon Hayes and his wife, 45-year-old Iris Hayes after serving a search warrant just before noon on July 12.
According to deputies, the investigation was a result of complaints of drug activity at the home on U.S. 1, south of Rockingham.
Arrest warrants show Patrick Hayes allegedly sold 1.6 grams of heroin, 2.5 grams of cocaine and 13 hydrocodone pills to separate confidential informants between July of last year and the raid.
A controlled buy was made within 48 hours of the application for the search warrant, when deputies say Patrick Hayes bagged up 1.1 grams of cocaine for an informant, according to court documents.
An inventory list of items seized shows deputies found:
• multiple baggies of a “green leafy vegetation material;
• multiple pills of various colors;
• baggies of white and brown substances;
• a hand-rolled marijuana cigarette; and
• a marijuana plant in the front yard.
Some of the drugs were found inside the home, others were found in a dog food bag in a building, documents show.
Patrick Hayes is charged with: five counts of maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance; four counts of possession with intent to sell or deliver a Schedule II controlled substance; three counts of possession with intent to sell or deliver a Schedule I controlled substance; two counts each of selling or delivering a Schedule I and Schedule II controlled substance; one count of trafficking opium or heroin; and one count of possession with intent to sell or deliver a Schedule VI controlled substance.
Iris Hayes is charged: two counts of maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance; a count of selling or delivering heroin; a count of possession of heroin; a count of possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana; and a count of possession of marijuana between a half-ounce and 1½ ounces.
She was released on a $10,000 secured bond the same day.
Patrick Hayes remains in the Richmond County Jail under a total $65,000 secured bond as of Wednesday evening.
They are scheduled to appear in court July 28.
Records with the N.C. Department of Public Safety Division of Adult Correction show Patrick Hayes has twice been convicted of maintaining any place for a controlled substance, in 2006 and again in 2014.
Iris Hayes served nearly 2 months behind bars in 2004 when her probation was revoked on misdemeanor drug convictions the previous year, records show. She was again convicted on a maintaining a place charge in 2006.
All defendants facing criminal charges are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in court.
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