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Hope Mills couple arrested in drug bust

Posted July 19, 2011 10:45 a.m. EDT

— Cumberland County authorities arrested a Hope Mills couple Monday following a drug bust at their home at 4612 Conner's Cove.

Agents searched Jessica Anne Pedrosa's house, which she shared with her boyfriend, Devon Lamar Marion.

Authorities said they found crack cocaine, powder cocaine, razor blades and scales in the master bedroom, as well as money, a .357 Magnum handgun and a glass jar containing marijuana.

Pedrosa, 37, and Marion, 31, are both charged with felony trafficking cocaine, maintaining a dwelling for the sale of controlled substances, manufacturing cocaine and possession of marijuana. Marion is also charged with possession of a firearm by felon.

The couple posted bond and was released from the Cumberland County Detention Center. Federal authorities also are investigating the case.

Marion is a registered sex offender and was convicted in December 2000 in Cumberland County Superior Court of taking indecent liberties with a child, according to state Department of Correction records. He was sentenced to a maximum of 47 months in prison and served about 18 months of his sentence before being released.

Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office narcotics agents, members of the sheriff’s special response team and Fayetteville Police narcotics agents worked on the drug bust.