Search after robbery at Raleigh funeral home finds pot
Posted June 16, 2014
Raleigh, N.C. — 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.