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Real estate agent surrenders on drugs, weapons charges

Posted January 12, 2010

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— A Fayetteville real estate agent was arrested late Monday on drug and weapons charges, authorities said.

James Jess Castillo, 41, of 3746 Clinton Road, was charged with manufacturing marijuana, felony possession of marijuana and maintaining a dwelling for the sale of a controlled substance. He was released on a $30,000 unsecured bond.

Cumberland County deputies last week seized hundreds of marijuana plants and 27 weapons from two residences on Clinton Road. The street value of the drugs and guns was estimated at $150,000.

Deputies also found marijuana cultivating equipment in an RV on one of the properties.

Castillo worked as a real estate agent at Century 21 Weaver and Associates. The firm's general manager said Monday that Castillo no longer is an employee, and he declined further comment.

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  • lvhv2003 Jan 14, 2010

    This is karmic! What goes around, comes around. This guy has had it coming to him for years. He always thought he was above the law He had his real estate license previously suspended due to some funny business transactions.

  • Commonscents Jan 13, 2010

    Wow - I thought the gun show wasn't until this Saturday?

  • blondectryrose Jan 13, 2010

    The bad part about this is that.. he will spend more time in prison than that serial rapist..

  • ncguy Jan 13, 2010

    Isn't there a serial rapist on the loose in Fayetteville?

    I suggest spending the time you did on this guy on the rapist..

  • dugmeister Jan 13, 2010

    Big deal. He was growing pot. Legalize it already. I will sleep better tonight in my home knowing this person was arrested. Spare me.

  • TurboRockShow Jan 13, 2010

    Fire arms are legal in the US and Marijuana is just a plant. As long he is not selling to minors what is the big deal? What the state and the federal government call a crime is just a man trying to make a living for his family in the face of financial crisis.

  • itsnews2me Jan 13, 2010

    "was charged with manufacturing marijuana, felony possession of marijuana and maintaining a dwelling for the sale of a controlled substance"

    What are the weapons charges?

  • GWALLY Jan 13, 2010

    Was this @ Happy Times Real Estate Co.??

  • robsarge Jan 12, 2010

    He worked for me years ago in the AF...He was a great worker...to to see the pressures of Fayetteville bring another good man down!

  • freedomrings Jan 12, 2010

    What do you expect ? The housing market has tanked. Maybe the plants were for "landscaping" to create a fresh new look for some of his homes.

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