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Real estate agent surrenders on drugs, weapons charges

Posted January 12, 2010 3:50 p.m. EST
Updated January 12, 2010 5:03 p.m. EST

— 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.