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Pot Bust!

Published 8:52am Tuesday, July 23, 2013

JACKSON – A 40-year-old Gaston man stands charged with numerous felonies after marijuana was discovered in his residence on Friday evening.

Terry A. Rooks
Terry A. Rooks

Captain Brenda Burnette of the Northampton County Sheriff’s Office said that Terry Anthony Rooks was arrested on felony counts of manufacturing marijuana, possession of marijuana, possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, maintaining a vehicle or dwelling to store a controlled substance, and possession of a firearm by a felon. Rooks was also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor.

He was placed in the Northampton County Detention Center under a $21,000 bond, which he has posted. Rooks made his first appearance in Northampton County District Court on Monday where a probable cause hearing was scheduled for Aug. 19.

Burnette said due to information obtained by the NCSO as well as an ongoing investigation, officers executed the search warrant at the residence. The Northampton lawmen were joined by officers with the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office, to include a K-9 unit.

“Once the residence was secure, we saw marijuana in plain view on the kitchen table,” Burnette said. “Additionally there were several marijuana plants growing inside and outside the residence. The K-9 was also able to detect other marijuana inside the residence.”

Burnette added that the search also turned up several items that were reportedly stolen. She said additional charges are pending in regards to the stolen merchandise.

The Gaston Police Department also assisted in the case.

“We’d like to thank everyone involved, it shows that the teamwork among the different law enforcement agencies is productive when we all work together,” she said. “We also thank our citizens for providing information in cases such as these. We urge them to continue to contact us whenever they believe criminal activity is occurring.”

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