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Cumberland Co. Deputies Seize Cocaine, Gun, Money

Posted October 19, 2007

— Cumberland County Sheriff’s Deputies, assisted by North Carolina A.L.E. agents, confiscated thousands of dollars in illegal contraband from a home in Spring Lake Friday morning.

Investigators raided the home at 303 Rutherford St. following numerous complaints from people working and living in the area.

Deputies reported seizing more than 64 grams of crack cocaine, a stolen handgun and close to $10,000 in U.S. currency from the residence. Two children who lived in the home were turned over to the Department of Social Services, which will be responsible for their well-being.

Four people were charged after the raid.

Theodore Eric Jones, 54, of 303 Rutherford St., was charged with two counts of trafficking in cocaine, one count of maintaining a dwelling for the sale of cocaine, one count of possession of a stolen firearm and one count of possession of a firearm by a felon.

He was placed under a $50,000 secured bond and was being held in the Cumberland County Detention Center.

Pula Montalvan, 35, of 303 Rutherford St., was charged with two counts of trafficking in cocaine and one count of maintaining a dwelling for the sale of cocaine. She was placed under a $25,000 unsecured bond.

Larry Darnell Austin, 46, of 259 North Conner Circle, Spring Lake, was charged with one count of trafficking cocaine.

George Allen Dobbins, 61, of 614 Old Hickory Chapel Road, Spring Lake, was charged with one count of trafficking cocaine. Austin and Dobbins were each placed under a $10,000 unsecured bond and were released from jail under their own recognizance.

All four suspects are scheduled to make a first court appearance on Oct. 22 at 9 a.m. in District Courtroom 2-B.

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  • floyd_lawson Oct 20, 2007

    These people are definetly old enough to know better. I understand young people getting caught up in the thrill or the fantasy of this kind of stuff but these people know better. They also have to realize that most of that garbage they're selling is going to kids. The bails are kind of low, i hope the judge isn't too lenient.

  • Salty Oct 20, 2007

    i say its no big deal...just let em go...

  • yukonjohn3 Oct 19, 2007

    These stories keep running, and there will always be a thousand people to take this guy's place. What will it take for us to realize we will NEVER win the war on drugs. It sure isnt time, because we have been waging it for the last 40 years, and it is further away from being won than it was in the 60s.

  • lynddsy Oct 19, 2007

    dougalou... they were selling crack. those poor kids. it is really sad when they don't even make sure their children aren't around it. i hope they never give them back.

  • dougalu Oct 19, 2007

    At least it wasn't crack or he would be in real trouble

  • jhnewman Oct 19, 2007

    Yeah, he will obviously be mistreated by the unjust courts of North Carolina. Poor guy!

  • jhnewman Oct 19, 2007

    How can you comment on this uncivil behavior, this inappropriate behavior, this profane abuse of resources, this travesty of unlawful activity without becoming incensed?

    Naw, he's just another guy trying to make a living.

  • djofraleigh Oct 19, 2007

    Get them off the streets, please...and away from me.

    Are these traffiking people the ones some want out of jail?