ROCKINGHAM — Two men are facing drug charges after allegedly cloning a Cash App account of someone who bought narcotics.
According to a press release from the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to a fraud call on Tuesday, April 4, with the reporting person saying he had bought narcotics from someone and paid using Cash App.
The alleged victim reportedly told deputies that, after the transaction, he discovered that the suspect had “cloned his account and had withdrawn $4,000, with another $900 pending transfer.”
Deputies had the reporting person call the suspect to have him come back to his home and waited down the road until a vehicle matching the description pulled into the driveway, according to the sheriff’s office.
The deputies then approached the vehicle, identifying the driver as 36-year-old Marquer Edward Pegues of Hamlet and a passenger as 45-year-old Thurman Nelson Jr. of Rockingham, the release states.
The two men were reportedly asked to get out of the car and patted down for weapons.
Deputies say Nelson had an unlabeled pill bottle in his pocket containing two Loracet pills, and a baggie each of cocaine and methamphetamine.
They also reportedly found 58 grams of crack cocaine, 7.6 grams of powder cocaine and digital scales under the seat where Pegues was sitting.
Pegues was charged with possession of cocaine and possession of a Schedule II controlled substance and released on a $5,000 unsecured bond.
Nelson was charged with: possession of cocaine; possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a Schedule II controlled substance; trafficking in cocaine; maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance; and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was booked into the Richmond County Jail on a $100,000 secured bond. Jail records show he is scheduled to appear in court April 27.
Charges were not yet reflected in the N.C. Court System as of 1 p.m. Wednesday. Neither of the defendants appear to have any other pending charges.
The press release does not indicate which of the defendants allegedly tried to rip of the customer and there are no charges related to the original complaint.
Records with the N.C. Department of Adult Correction show Nelson has prior convictions dating back to 1995 for driving while impaired, simple assault, possessing stolen goods, possession and selling of a Schedule II controlled substance, and carrying a concealed weapon. He has previously been incarcerated several times.
Pegues appears to have no prior convictions in the state.
All defendants facing criminal charges are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.