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Self-described preacher arrested on drug charges

Posted September 28, 2009

— A Rocky Mount man who claimed to be a preacher was cited for marijuana possession during a traffic stop in Enfield Friday, according to the Halifax County Sheriff's Office.

Deputy Dhreher Bozard stopped a vehicle on U.S. Highway 301 after seeing it cross the center line, authorities said. Bozard smelled marijuana inside the vehicle and questioned the driver, Michael Thompson.

Authorities said that Thompson, 49, handed over a bag containing 23 grams of marijuana and some cigars. Thompson told Bozrd that he is a preacher and buys marijuana every two months to smoke, not sell.

Thompson was cited for possession of more than a half-ounce of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. His first court date was set for Oct. 26.


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  • Thought Criminal WS Sep 28, 2009

    Always humorous to hear people talk about what potheads are like who haven't the faintest idea what the drug is like. Reefer madness shows a man smoking and attacking people. All I've ever seen potheads attack are bags of cheetos - if they get up off the couch! I would rather ride with a stoner than a drinker ANYDAY, as most of them wind up paranoid, and are exceptionally careful!

    I am of the opinion in the war on drugs, LEO are probably instructed to target potheads since they are generally speaking, LAZY, FAT, and NON-VIOLENT. (Easy targets)

  • hollylama Sep 28, 2009

    I wish someone would come up with a news channel or website where news isn't sensationalized. He was probably described as "Self-described" because they couldn't link him to a particular church and therefore couldn't fully drag him thru the mud.

  • Professor Sep 28, 2009

    lives would be different/set apart.
    Capitals Fan

    Thanks. Members of these churches should be aware of who is ministering to them. There is a lot of false preachers in this world. The bible says so. :)

  • Capitals Fan Sep 28, 2009

    Professor you are correct. They are wolves in sheep's clothing. They are not however preachers of the Gospel. Because if they really believed their lives would be different/set apart.

  • mrsmom Sep 28, 2009

    I find it odd that the reporters had to identify him as a "self-described" pastor in the headline but did not identify a church affiliation. Is it because there isn't one? There are plenty of self-described pastors that are not "preachers". Of course, "Man gets arrested on drug charges" wouldn't be nearly as good of a headline, would it?

  • Professor Sep 28, 2009

    There are a lot of preachers that are doing things they should not be doing. The church should be aware who they hired to do their ministering.

  • Professor Sep 28, 2009

    Funny no one caught it. But this is a sheep in wolves clothing. People be aware of such ministers.

  • Capitals Fan Sep 28, 2009

    You people trip me out. Your "argument" is that one drug is less dangerous (by your own analysis/criteria, of course) than another so it should be legal. Ha, what kind of stupid logic is that? They BOTH should be illegal. The human body doesn't need either one to survive. I am glad they pulled the guy over for his wreckless driving (under the influence).

  • NCStatePack Sep 28, 2009

    very true thatsgreat. If I'm ever pulled over, I'll just say I'm a doctor or lawyer and see if that gets me anywhere with the police or press.

  • working for deadbeats Sep 28, 2009

    I've noticed that anybody in the south can call themselves a preacher, minister or whatever and that's what they are refered to as in the media.