Family squabble ends in drug arrest

Published 11:21 am Saturday, November 7, 2009

RICH SQUARE – What began as peace-keeping mission by Rich Square Police officers on Nov. 4 ended with the arrest of a teen on drug charges.

Nicole Maggett, 19, of 504 Drew Ave. was charged with manufacturing a controlled substance, maintaining a dwelling for the use of a controlled substance, felony possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was placed in the Northampton County Detention Center under a $15,000 bond and is scheduled for a preliminary court hearing on Nov. 19 in Northampton County District Court.

Rich Square Police Chief Alan Roye said he responded to a domestic call at 504 Drew Ave. on Wednesday. Nicole Maggett, who called in the complaint, reported that she and her grandmother, 74-year-old Martha Maggett, were arguing and that the grandmother pulled a gun on her.

Deputy Brent Doughtie of the Gates County Sheriff’s Office was riding with Chief Roye at the time of the call.

“When we arrived we talked to the caller, Nicole Maggett, who told us that she and her grandmother were arguing over a basketball goal that the caller wanted to put up in the yard and the grandmother wouldn’t let her,” Chief Roye said. “She said that the grandmother pulled a pistol on her.”

After speaking with the grandmother, Roye said she admitted to having a gun, but denied pointing it at her granddaughter.

“(The grandmother) stated that she has had problems with her granddaughter for a long time and that she was uncontrollable, especially when it came to her not getting her way,” Roye said. “She told us that the granddaughter had done drugs in the past.”

Roye continued, “I asked her (the grandmother) if she (Nicole) had any drugs in the house and she said that she might. I talked to the granddaughter and asked her if I could search her room and she said that I could. I asked her if there was anything illegal in her room and she said that she was growing some marijuana plants in the window seal.”

Roye said he searched the granddaughter’s room with the assistance of Northampton Sheriff’s Deputy Jeff Allen who had responded to assist.

“I found 18 marijuana plants growing in three pots in the window seal,” Roye noted. “I also found marijuana in various parts of the room along with rolled marijuana joints and seeds. She (Nicole) told me she was growing it for personal use.”