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Drug Charges Arose During Murder Probe, Police Say

Posted December 17, 2007
Updated December 18, 2007

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— Police haven't said if there is a connection between the arrest of a Raleigh woman and her son on drug charges and the unsolved homicide of her husband.

Lina Imes, 63, and her son, Michael Imes, 31, were charged Friday with possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, two days after Albert Imes, 63, was found shot to death in his Somerset Road home.

The two are also charged with maintaining a dwelling for purposes of distributing controlled substances. They were in the Wake County Jail Monday evening after an initial court appearance under $200,000 bond.

Police on Monday would say only that the drug charges came up during the murder investigation, but not if they are related to it.

Officers responded to the house at about 3:30 a.m. Wednesday after receiving a 911 call from outside the house. They said last week that Albert Imes' death was not a random act.

A week prior to Imes' death, Michael Imes was carjacked at the address, neighbors told reporters, though police have said they cannot confirm who the victim of that crime was. It's unclear if that incident has anything to do with the murder investigation either.


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  • iamforjustice Dec 18, 2007

    She looks like a sweet old lady that was just trying to make a living after her husband died that is all. Do not judge this God fearing lady.

  • Dr. Dataclerk Dec 18, 2007

    What a sad situation. Pray for all involved. There are times parents cannot cover for a child. He is a grown man and needs to stand for himself. If she was involved with the drug issues, she new better and now they both will face the consequences.

  • districtcadvocate Dec 18, 2007

    The residents in this neighborhood need to know that there is not some insane person walking around, calming dogs and randomly shooting innocent victims. I hope there is some closure so the people in this very nice neighborhood have piece of mind for a Christmas present.

  • Anti-Welfare Dec 18, 2007

    What do you expect if you're dealing drugs.

  • ITLAWYER Dec 18, 2007

    I guarantee you this is another case of a mother not cooperating with police about the child's involvement with drugs, so she's arrested. Guarantee it! I have to say for Mrs. Imes, giving the so up is probably the best bet in this situation. Remember the Alva Groves case!!

  • Mad Baumer Dec 17, 2007

    What a nice neighborhood that sounds like. The lat story referenced, "loud, barking dogs", too. I think I will move my family there.

    Signed, Beaver Cleaver, son of Ward