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Police search Hamlet home following traffic stop, drug bust

Police in Hamlet reportedly found guns, drugs and paraphernalia search the home of two men charged following a traffic stop. Photo courtesy HPD

HAMLET — Police found more drugs at the home of two men charged following a traffic stop earlier this week.

According to the Hamlet Police Department, officers and investigators executed a search warrant Jan. 25 at a home on Entwistle Street.

Investigators say it’s the same home that 38-year-old Brent Edward Rankin of Charlotte and 34-year-old Martin Richard Bowman of Hamlet, pulled into during a traffic stop the day before, and that both men were staying there.

During the search, police reportedly found psychedelic mushrooms and suspected crack cocaine, meth and heroin.

Police also reportedly recovered several handguns, a shotgun and assorted drug paraphernalia.

So far, no additional charges have been filed related to the search.

However, the two have each been charged with one felony count each of conspiracy and receiving stolen goods in connection to a handgun, reported stolen in Hamlet, that was recovered during the traffic stop.

Click here to read about the traffic stop.


Rankin and Bowman are each being held in the Richmond County Jail under a $500,000 secured bond and are scheduled to appear in court Feb. 2.

Sgt. Daniel Smith and Detective Jonathan Ingram worked the case.

“The Hamlet Police Department is dedicated to protecting the safety of our citizens and promoting a safe environment for our children to grow up in, and citizens to enjoy life in,” reads a social media post. “We thank all of you who support our endeavors to make Hamlet a great place to live.”

All defendants facing criminal charges are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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