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RCSO: Heroin, meth found during Ellerbe traffic stop

ELLERBE — Richmond County deputies reportedly found meth and heroin in a truck following an early morning traffic stop.

According to a Facebook post from the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, a deputy was patrolling in the Ellerbe area around 1 a.m. Monday, Nov. 7 when he noticed “a truck acting suspicious.”

When the deputy ran the plate, he reportedly learned that it was registered to a passenger car.

The deputy stopped the truck, which was being driven by 53-year-old Christopher Todd Greene, of Rockingham, according to the sheriff’s office.

While speaking to Greene, the deputy reportedly noticed unspecified drug paraphernalia in the passenger seat.

The deputy asked Greene to step out of the truck and found out Greene had an order for arrest for not appearing in court on pending charges, according to the sheriff’s office.

Deputies searched the truck and reportedly found unspecified paraphernalia, and an unspecified amount of heroin and methamphetamine.

Greene was arrested and charged with one felony count each of possession of heroin and possession of methamphetamine, and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. He was also served with the OFA.

Greene was booked into the Richmond County Jail under a combined $27,000 secured bond.

Jail records show Greene is scheduled to appear in court Nov. 17 on the drug charges and Jan. 18, 2023 for failure to appear.


Online court records show Greene is facing the following pending charges:

  • 2021 – breaking and entering; second-degree trespassing; misdemeanor possession of stolen goods; two counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a Schedule II controlled substance; maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance; and possession of drug paraphernalia.
  • 2022 – breaking and entering; larceny after breaking and entering; attempt to obtain property by false pretenses; forgery of instrument; uttering a forged instrument; larceny of chose in action.

Records with the N.C. Department of Public Safety Division of Adult Correction show Greene’s criminal history dates back to 1988.

That year, Greene was convicted in Watauga County on misdemeanor counts of financial card fraud, cheating property or services in July; and reckless driving, operating a vehicle without a license and failing to obey police in December. He was also convicted in Avery County of possession with intent to sell a Schedule II controlled substance.

His probation for the criminal charges was revoked the following year and he served 25 months in prison, records show.

Greene’s next convictions came in New Hanover County: embezzlement in 1995; and possession of a Schedule VI controlled substance in 1996.

Records show Greene was convicted in 2004 of financial card fraud in Union County; and in 2010 of misdemeanor larceny in Richmond County.

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

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