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Pot, cash found in search of Raleigh home

Posted June 3, 2013

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— Raleigh police seized marijuana, baggies and cash from a home on Wake Forest Road May 23. According to the search warrant, a tipster told police that Rocco Sammartino Sr., 52, of 2011 Wake Forest Road, was selling pot out of his house.

Police first searched Sammartino's trash, finding an empty plastic bag that smelled of marijuana. That evidence was used to apply for the warrant to search inside. There police found about 6 pounds of pot and a little more than $8,500.

Sammartino, who owns Jerry's Grill in Raleigh, has a 2005 charge of drug possession and maintaining a dwelling for controlled substances.


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  • stacey3 Jun 4, 2013

    Thanks, WageSlave. Yeah, when you look at the reality of the cost of the war on marijuana for the past 70 years, it's hard to see it as anything other than one of the largest public policy failures in America in the 20th century.

  • WageSlave Jun 4, 2013


    Great post!

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Jun 4, 2013

    In terms of "morals", this story is about as important as if they found homebrewed beer in the home.

    When will the Puritans get their nose out of everyone's personal lives?

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Jun 4, 2013

    Gotta love all the "less government" people telling you what you can and cannot do with your own body...

  • Scubagirl Jun 4, 2013

    What a waste of police effort. Hopefully one day NC will be one of the states MAKING money off of this crop instead of locking people up for it.

  • Brian Jenkins Jun 4, 2013

    "Your lifestyle just doesn't conform to reality"

    I work, pay taxes, vote, own a home, car, and an Air Force veteran. Whats reality to you?

  • Brian Jenkins Jun 4, 2013

    The reason America will never win the drug war is because of "free-minded" individuals who have replaced morals with self-entitlements. Have to love a "pothead" mentality and the reasoning behind it. I guess the fact that marijuana is illegal isn't enough to deter a person from using it. The same people who preach about how law abiding they are and how unfair the world is.
    June 3, 2013 2:46 p.m.
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    Hate is immorral. Me possessing or smoking a plant has no effect on you whatsoever Adolf. Ill grow my meds. You can go to a government approved pharmacy and kill yourself on those "drugs".

  • Brian Jenkins Jun 4, 2013

    "in other words, if there are already two bad things out on the market, why not make it three? Sounds like bad logic to me. I guess it's along the lines of "fighting evil with a different kind of evil." - What movie folks?" - The2ruthHurts

    Oh how cute. You want to play God. Sorry my liberty is granted to me by who or what created me and those liberties are PROTECTED from governemnt. Im glad you think you;re God and YOU get to choose people liberties. Funny. You must be on something.

  • Brian Jenkins Jun 4, 2013

    "Smoke away my friend. Nothing personal against you. Your lifestyle just doesn't conform to reality. Is there something about being euphoric that helps you get a grip on life?" - The2ruthHurts

    LOL what in the world!!!

  • stacey3 Jun 4, 2013

    "Smoke away my friend. Nothing personal against you. Your lifestyle just doesn't conform to reality."

    The "reality" is that 20 states including Washington DC have legalized marijuana for medical purposes ranging from treating anxiety and depression to treating pain associated with end-of-life cancer treatment. Also a reality. The majority (58%) of North Carolinians support medical marijuana (33% opposed; 9% undecided). Another reality is the financial cost of prosecuting and imprisoning marijuana users. 60,000 Americans are currently imprisoned for marijuana charges, costing taxpayers $1.2 billion per year. An additional $7-10 billion per year is spent in prosecuting people for marijuana violations.

    By contrast, Colorado estimates it will generate $650 million in 2013 for recreational sales, create thousands of jobs, and spend nothing prosecuting marijuana users. Personally, I favor this reality that funds school budgets and frees up police to go after violent criminals.