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Apex Man Held on $1M Bond for Drugs, Guns, Bombs

Posted June 21, 2007
Updated June 22, 2007

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— An Apex man was held on $1 million bond in the Wake County Jail Thursday after police found drugs, homemade bombs and multiple weapons.

Travis Aurand, of 146 Anterbury Lane, was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to sell and deliver, maintaining a dwelling and vehicle for the purpose of selling marijuana and possession of weapons of mass destruction, including assault rifles and homemade explosives, police said.

Police said they made the bust by accident. An officer came to the area shortly after 12:30 p.m. after receiving a call from a neighbor about a barking dog. When they knocked on Aurand's door, an officer smelled marijuana and investigated.

Once the assault rifles and homemade explosives were found, police evacuated residents' homes.

"I really don't know what to say about it. It's scary. It is scary," said neighbor Dana Wells.

Police said they also found a large amount of money in Aurand's residence and two rooms where he was growing marijuana.

Aurand is scheduled to appear at the Wake County Courthouse at 2 p.m. Friday.


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  • WRALSUCKS Jun 22, 2007

    "By law a sawed off shotgun is considered a weapon of mass destruction. What he is charged with is be statue weapons of mass destruction. Doesn't matter if they are legal or not"

    This is clearly not true... to say nothing of the fact that I don't see in the report mentioning a sawed off shotgun. By the way, it is perfectly legal to own a sawed off shotgun, by the way. Did you know that? ( http://www.recguns.com/Sources/IIF1.html)

  • ahh-fooie.... Jun 22, 2007

    Also true! But someone can accuse you of having drugs (doesn’t have to be true!) under our present system” anonymously” and while in there find something they don’t find kosher! Maybe a sawed off shotgun (see prior postings)! Your life is screwed for a while. Worst case….have to see your property sold on state surplus! I just say be careful “Nifong” isn’t a lone wolf!!

  • jaredg Jun 22, 2007

    this red neck trash doesn't represent the majority of white culture any more then the hip-hop rapper thug gangsters represent black culture....am i right?

  • T-Man Jun 22, 2007

    *officer not office

  • T-Man Jun 22, 2007

    FYI - The police have the right to seach your home anytime they have reasonable cause to believe a felony is in progress. I don't know exactly what the felony the office cited in searching the residence, but I do know that possession of < 1 oz of marijuana is NOT a felony. That being said, if you can smell a strong odor from a doorway, it is VERY unlikely that there is < 1 oz! This would mean the officer had the right to search the residence, even without Mr Aurand's consent (the article did not say whether or not consent was given).

    Do any of you really think that this fellow should have been allowed to have a homemade bomb, as well as the materials to make more in an apartment?


  • bwgarner1099 Jun 22, 2007

    To Bias You Can Count On....

    Wow, what a statement. If the resident answered the door, and the cop smelled pot, then the cop has THE RIGHT to enter without a warrant and detain the occupants until a warrant is obtained.

    And if the encounter would have ended with a dead cop, Aurand would be spending the rest of his numbered days on death row.

  • ahh-fooie.... Jun 22, 2007

    Correct that’s why the average “short barrel” is 18.250 inches. I’ve seen plenty news cast designate a shotgun as sawed off when they were clearly leagal! People who aren’t gun savvy are quick to swallow this stuff! It has a lot of impact on public within ear shot! The truth said when its pointed at you barrel length doesn’t matter…its intent. A bad cop can kill too. That being said ….this guy is dirty!!

  • Bias You Can Count On Jun 22, 2007

    "resident OR non resident opens door, cop smells pot, cop has right W/O WARRANT, to enter & make sure no evidence is destroyed while someone else obtains warrant."

    Where are you getting that someone inside opened the door? I don't see that in the WRAL story. And I don't see anything in the Constitution about a right to enter w/o warrant "provided there's a fear of evidence getting destroyed." Besides, the cop supposedly WANTS the stuff to get destroyed eventually, if it's pot.

    "Typically residence will be searched W/O WARRANT to make sure no persons are hiding."

    Like the Constitution again doesn't say, right? You just make the rules up as you go along.

    "Moral of the story Bias, if you smoke pot in your house, dont be stupid enough to open the door when a cop knocks on it!!"

    The encounter could have ended with a dead cop, and Aurand saying, "Moral of the story, don't be stupid enough to enter my home without a warrant."

  • fl2nc2ca2md2nc Jun 22, 2007

    The gun barrel is sawed off to be less than 18" I believe...

  • ahh-fooie.... Jun 22, 2007

    What is considered a"sawed off" shotgun?