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Drug Charges Arose During Murder Probe, Police Say

Posted December 17, 2007 6:52 p.m. EST
Updated December 18, 2007 6:29 a.m. EST

— 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.