HAMLET — Police say an expired license plate led them to drugs and a hidden handgun in a Dobbins Heights man’s car on Sunday.
Officers found marijuana, prescription pills and a large amount of cash after stopping 21-year-old Marcus Antiwon Douglas for having an expired tag and driving without valid insurance, interim Police Chief Rodney Tucker said in a statement.
After stopping Douglas’ car, an officer smelled marijuana and initiated an investigation, Tucker said.
Police arrested Douglas on charges of possession with intent to sell or deliver Schedule II and Schedule IV controlled substances, felony possession of a Schedule II controlled substance, having a concealed handgun and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Douglas also received traffic citations on charges of having no vehicle registration and having no insurance.
He was booked into the Richmond County Detention Center under a $13,500 secured bond.
Records show Douglas has no record of convictions resulting in prison time or probation in North Carolina. He has three pending traffic infractions — improper passing, driving left of center and failing to wear a seat belt — in Richmond County.
— Corey Friedman