ROCKINGHAM — Two men are facing charges related to the manufacturing and selling of marijuana in separate cases, according to Richmond County sheriff’s deputies.
Deputies say Samuel Russell Smith, 44, of Rockingham, was manufacturing marijuana behind his Sandhills Road home. The sheriff’s office didn’t say whether he was allegedly growing marijuana plants or otherwise preparing or packaging the drug.
Smith was arrested Aug. 20 and charged with one felony count of manufacturing marijuana. He was released on a $5,000 unsecured bond.
On the same day he was arrested, a warrant was issued for another man, Kevin Anthony Freeman, 27, of Aslington Street in Rockingham.
Warrants show Freeman sold 5.7 grams of marijuana to a confidential informant from July 29-Aug. 20.
He was arrested Tuesday and charged with felony counts of selling or delivering marijuana, possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana and maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance.
Freeman was released on a $7,500 unsecured bond.
N.C. Department of Public Safety records show Smith has been convicted on felony charges of selling a Schedule IV controlled substance and both misdemeanor and felony counts of larceny.
Freeman has misdemeanor convictions of possession of drug paraphernalia and maintaining a place for a controlled substance.
—William R. Toler