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Search after robbery at Raleigh funeral home finds pot

Posted June 16, 2014

— Police called to a Raleigh funeral home Friday found marijuana, baggies and scales, turning a robbery investigation into one for drug dealing, according to a search warrant released Monday.

Bruce Lightner, owner of Lightner Funeral & Cremation, at 312 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., and founder and chairman of the city's Martin Luther King Celebration Committee, told police that two armed men broke into his home early Friday above the funeral home, bound him and ransacked the residence.

As police investigated the scene, they smelled and found evidence of the marijuana, according to the warrant. "The majority of these items were seen in the room of Nicholas Lightner," officers wrote in asking for the warrant.

The younger Lightner, 24, the grandson of Raleigh's first black mayor, has drug and drug paraphernalia charges on his record from July 2013. As of Monday, no charges had been filed related to last week's search.


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  • Bill of Rights Jun 17, 2014

    Interesting that the article doesn't mention Bruce's firearm stored under his mattress. Or the fact that he has an unsecured firearm in the same house as a convicted criminal and drug user.

    So much for Bruce's arguments about gun control. He might want to start living by his words before preaching to the rest of us.

  • landonsgrampa Jun 17, 2014

    The cops should have let him go. His grandfather was important so he should be important too. Right Hans?

  • skidkid269 Jun 17, 2014

    Sounds like the elder Lightner was the victim of the younger's stupidity. My guess is the assailants came in looking for Nicholas' stash, but found Bruce instead.

  • nonPC Jun 17, 2014

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    Who trips smoking marijuana?

  • dws Jun 17, 2014

    I'm surprised that Neighbor BELO has not joined in the discussion.

  • euimport1 Jun 17, 2014

    too much political clout. it'll end up under the rug. pity!

  • Brian Jenkins Jun 17, 2014

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    Drugs sit and wait to be used. Guns sit and wait to be used. Neither will just get up and kill you. You can put 100 AR-15's and 100 pounds of weed in my house and not one person will get hurt. You are a liberal!

  • iposttowral Jun 17, 2014

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    I mean, yea. Guns kill people. Pot doesn't. I love how this article mentioned nothing about politics, or making this a partisan issue. Keep being disgusted.

  • Beth Miller Jun 17, 2014
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    Bahaha! That would be a HORRIBLE trip!

  • 68_dodge_polara Jun 17, 2014

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    because Bruce Lightner is a partisan.