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Bakery owner arrested with pot brownies and more

Posted January 1, 2015

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— The arrest of Stephen Robert Grasso, owner of Broad Street Bakery and Cafe in Southern Pines, didn't slow foot traffic on Thursday to his shop.

"All I know is the food is good," said Theresa Bower.

"I'm from out of town," she said. "When I come to visit I come here to get breakfast."

Grasso stopped at a police checkpoint Tuesday night on Morganton Road and Hampton Drive just before 9 p.m., and officers, suspicious of the odor coming from his truck, searched it and found marijuana, some of it individually wrapped and some in the form of brownies, drug paraphernalia, $5,344 in cash and a loaded 9mm Glock handgun.

"Maybe he thought he was in another state," customer Susan Goodfellow said, referring to Colorado where such snacks are legal.

Grasso, 59, was charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, possession of marijuana, maintaining a vehicle for the purposes of selling and delivering marijuana, possession of marijuana paraphernalia and carrying a concealed weapon.

He was booked at the Moore County jail and released on $20,000 unsecured bond.

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  • Lysander Jan 5, 2015

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    That was the point

  • Listen2MeNowHearMeLater Jan 2, 2015

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    Here Here!

  • SusanandAaron Tambot-Blankenship Jan 2, 2015
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    Why do we need useless regulation from a nanny state. What adults do with or to their bodies should be on them. If you're stealing for a habit then charge for stealing not ingesting plants or liquids. Legalize it and tax it - Don't promote useless regulations from a nanny state.

  • Tammy Rush Jan 2, 2015
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    The possession of oxy without a prescription is what is illegal. Oxy itself (the substance) is not illegal, unlike cocaine and heroin. And pot. Oxy can be legally prescribed whereas the others can't be (at least in this state).

  • disgusted2010 Jan 2, 2015

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    Is without a prescription and is more abused today than many/most of the other drugs mentioned.

  • 68_dodge_polara Jan 2, 2015

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    True as oxy-fuel welding and cutting is an important tool in many industries. ;)

  • Tammy Rush Jan 2, 2015
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    Oxy isn't illegal.

  • disgusted2010 Jan 2, 2015

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    Marijuana use has been shown to be a gateway to the other drugs. Its like being a little bit pregnant or misdemeanor murder.

  • SAY 'WHAT" ONE MORE TIME! Jan 2, 2015

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    You should be ashamed for ignorantly thinking bond is a punishment for crime. Fot the 100th time, it's to ensure a court appearance. It's based on several things including the crime, past criminal history, the possibility of fkight of the accused, etc.
    It....isn't....punishment....for....the....crime

  • 68_dodge_polara Jan 2, 2015

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    The media is sure getting its mileage out of that incident isn't it? The media isn't biased at all huh?

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