FAISON — A teenager is facing serious felony charges following a traffic stop on Interstate 40 Wednesday, during which Sampson County Sheriff’s deputies found him in possession of a buffet of drugs that included hashish, marijuana and LSD.
Matthew Harris, 19, of 909 Windgate Drive, Wilmington, was arrested and charged with possession of LSD, possession with intent to sell and deliver a Schedule VI controlled substance (marijuana), possession of a Schedule VI controlled substance (marijuana), maintaining a vehicle fors torage of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
At 11:16 a.m. Wednesday, deputies with the Sheriff’s Criminal Interdiction Team stopped a 2015 Nissan Altima for an unsafe movement violation as it traveled eastbound on I-40, near mile marker 353. During the traffic stop, “probable cause to search the vehicle was established,” according to authorities, and a search revealed what authorities deemed “large amounts” of drug paraphernalia.
Seized during the stop was 15.5 grams of hashish, 30 grams of marijuana and 2 grams of LSD. Hashish is a potent form of cannabis (marijuana) produced by collecting and compressing trichomes, the most potent material from cannabis plants. A cell phone was also seized during the arrest.
Harris was subsequently placed in the Sampson County Detention Center under $100,000 secured bond. He is scheduled to appear in court on April 8.
Union student charged
In a separate incident on Wednesday, a Union High School student was arrested on a felony drug charge.
Taleek Raeshon Corbett, 16, of 251 Byrd-Yancey-Bass Road, Clinton, was charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. School officials reportedly found the student in possession of a pill bottle containing marijuana packaged for sale.
According to reports, there was 3.3 grams of marijuana seized. Reports state the arrest was made at Union High School, located on Kader Merritt Road, where Corbett is listed as a student.
His bond was set at $15,000 secured.
Corbett’s is the second felony drug arrest of a Union High student at the school this month.
A 17-year-old Union student was arrested on March 4, receiving similar charges of possession with intent manufacture, sell and deliver a Schedule IV controlled substance and simple possession of a Schedule IV controlled substance. In all, 11 dosage units of controlled prescription medication was discovered in that arrest, also said to be packaged for sale.
Pills seized included eight Alprazolam (generic Xanax), two Tramadol (pain medicine) and a Xanax. That student was placed under $30,000 secured bond.
There were “no connections indicated” between the two school drug arrests, Sheriff’s Lt. Marcus Smith said Thursday.
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