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Authorities find 1,800 pounds of pot on semi

Posted July 6, 2010

— Local and federal agents last week found 1,800 pounds of marijuana on a tractor-trailer parked in Hoke County, authorities said Tuesday.

Acting on a tip, investigators with the Hoke County Sheriff's Office, the Robeson County Sheriff's Office, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives searched the tractor-trailer on June 30 and found the drugs hidden inside.

The marijuana had an estimated street value of $1.8 million, authorities said.

No arrests have been made in the case, which remains under investigation.


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  • dnlsofdurham Jul 6, 2010

    I know people who smoke and i know just as many who do not. I personally think it should be legalized. As far as people committing crimes after or to get the money for. It does happen. Just like it happens for alcohol and tobacco. That is just the character of the individual. Not the drug. That person will commit a crime for whatever they are trying to get. Does not matter what their mind altering substance of choice is. Legalize it, tax it.

  • smcallah Jul 6, 2010

    "I don't think so. Everyone don't won't to be a druggy."

    Then everyone won't smoke it, will they? Why do people believe that if marijuana were made legal to possess and sell that many more people would suddenly start using it? If you want to use it, you already have an illegal way to obtain it and probably are. If you don't use it, you probably aren't going to suddenly start using it either. Why would that happen? And obviously, laws making it legal would "protect the children" as well and make it illegal to sell it to or be possessed by anyone under 18 or 21. It's not like 10 year olds will talk into Harris Teeter and pick up some pot from the produce aisle.

    And not only would tax money be acquired from its sale, but tax money would also be saved because you would no longer be arresting, trying, and jailing people that possess or sell marijuana.

  • bcnc Jul 6, 2010

    Which would you rather see young people do?? Smoke a little weed, or down a pint of alcohol?? I don't know all the health issues with weed, but I do know that alcohol has many health issues. I know people that have smoked weed for 40 years and I know people who have been drinkers for 40 years, and the dopers seem in better healh than the drinkers. Decriminalise it, tax it, and quit making criminals out of people having fun.

  • Corporal Snark Jul 6, 2010

    "your a dope if you smoke dope!"

    Back in my younger days, I actually recall meeting potheads that, although stoned most of the time, knew the difference between "your" and "you're".

    Just saying...

  • Inter Alios Jul 6, 2010

    A guy sitting on 1800 lbs. is not gonna be selling ounces. You might be able to score a kilo though. I heard from a reliable source they nearly had the traffickers until some fool undercover officer from Scotland Co. came driving up in his bright yellow undercover car and spooked them.

  • johnsod27330 Jul 6, 2010

    At 140.00 an ounce the actual value is $4,608,000.00.

  • faeriegurl65 Jul 6, 2010

    The government makes too much money off of it being illegal... Let me break it down for you... $10 bag of pot; $1 roll of papers; get caught with it.... you get charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, 2 charges.... You the get to fork out $500 to a lawyer; $200 court costs; $150 a month for probation for 2 years; $350 for drug classes... you do the math your little "dime bag" just made the government and their cahoots $4650.... so you tell me, exactly what motivation does teh government have to make it leagal? It sures as he!! is not going to make them more money thatn it already does... I'm just sayin

  • map1agmachining Jul 6, 2010

    your a dope if you smoke dope!

  • trianglerelic Jul 6, 2010

    Just think what legal pot farms could do for the North Carolina's economy. How many new jobs would be created with the farming, farm equipment, cultivation, processing, transportation, distribution and final sale. Think of the income growth from tourism alone. Factories to package it, and finally the taxes generated from sales.
    I'm not suggesting that people start using it because it's legal, but it has a huge potential to jump start our failing economy.

  • 4Just-ice2 Jul 6, 2010

    ABC+D tax it!