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RCSO: Community Impact Team finds cannabis, crack in vehicle search; defendant on probation

ROCKINGHAM — Deputies say a man with an expired driver’s license was also transporting crack and more than 6 pounds of pot.

According to the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, investigators with the Community Impact Team and a patrol deputy conducted a traffic stop Tuesday at the intersection of John Street and East Broad Avenue.

The reason for the stop is not listed in the press release.

The driver, identified as 36-year-old Charlie James Little Jr., of Hamlet, reportedly showed deputies an expired driver’s license.

Investigators reportedly smelled marijuana while talking to Little.

Little told the investigators that he had smoked earlier and had a small amount in the car for personal use, according to the sheriff’s office.

When Little stepped out of the car, one of the deputies reportedly saw a handgun under the driver’s seat.

Investigators then searched the vehicle and reportedly found and seized a Beretta handgun (caliber unspecified), a set of digital scales, an unspecified amount of U.S. currency, 3.5 grams of crack and 6.8 pounds of marijuana.

Little was arrested and charged with: possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver cocaine; possession of a Schedule II controlled substance; possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver marijuana; possession of a Schedule VI controlled substance; maintaining a place for a controlled substance; possession of a firearm by a felon; altering serial numbers; carrying a concealed gun; possession of marijuana paraphernalia; and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was booked into the Richmond County Jail under a combined $125,000 secured bond and is scheduled to appear in court Dec. 1.

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Records with the N.C. Department of Public Safety Division of Adult Correction show Little is currently on probation, having been given a 36-month suspended sentence in August for a conviction of possession of a firearm by a felon in Guilford County.

Little was first convicted on a paraphernalia charge in 2007 and his probation was revoked in 2009, leading to about six weeks behind bars.

In 2012, Little was convicted of conspiracy to commit second-degree murder and served nearly a year in prison.

He was in prison again in May of 2014 on a post-release revocation after being caught with a gun and a month later was convicted of possession of a firearm by a felon and served nine months.

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

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