Pot, cash seized

Published 5:30 pm Tuesday, May 25, 2021

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AHOSKIE – An Ahoskie man was arrested last week after nearly one pound of marijuana and a large amount of cash were seized during a visit to his residence by a Probation Officer.

Trent A. Burby, age 19, was charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture, sale, and deliver marijuana, and maintaining a dwelling to store a controlled substance, also a felony. He was also charged with violating his parole.

Trent Burby

Burby was jailed under a combined $50,000 secured bond and made his first appearance on Friday in Hertford County Criminal District Court.

The arrest was made May 19 when Probation Officer James Eley visited a home that Burby lived at with relatives. Eley summoned Hertford County Sheriff’s Lt. Tom Helms and Investigator Chase Oliver to the residence.

After the officers detected the smell of marijuana inside the residence, a search of Burby’s bedroom revealed a small bag of marijuana in plain view on an end table. Cash was also found stashed beside the bed.

A large safe was also noted in the bedroom. After an adult family member opened the safe, a book bag belonging to Burby was found containing a large amount of U.S. currency.

A subsequent search of other areas of the residence was conducted. That effort produced one large bag and another small bag, both containing marijuana, found lying under a pile of clothing. Combined, those bags held approximately 330 grams (nearly three-quarters of one pound).

The cash ($7,174) from the book bag and found next to the bed was also seized.

Another individual in the residence, Devin Wilson, was also arrested for an outstanding warrant on a failure to appear in court charge in Gates County.


About Cal Bryant

Cal Bryant, a 40-year veteran of the newspaper industry, serves as the Editor at Roanoke-Chowan Publications, publishers of the Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald, Gates County Index, and Front Porch Living magazine.

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