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RCSO: Woman acting erratic had crack in pocket

ROCKINGHAM — A woman currently on probation in two other counties is facing drug charges in Richmond County.

According to the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded on Sunday, Feb. 26 to a call of a woman acting erratic in the parking lot of a business on Airport Road.

The woman, identified as 33-year-old Amber Nicole Patrick of Leland, was reportedly “using household cleaning supplies on her vehicle and herself.”

Deputies attempted, but were unable, to find someone to come pick her up, according to RCSO.

Patrick reportedly agreed to a ride offered by the deputies. When she emptied her pockets, several items reportedly fell to the ground — including crack cocaine.

Patrick was then arrested and charged with felony possession of cocaine and booked into the Richmond County Jail on a $2,500 secured bond. Records show she was still being held on March 1. Her court date is slated for March 9.

Online court records show Patrick has a July court appearance in Brunswick County on probation-related charges from 2022.


Records with the N.C. Department of Public Safety Division of Adult Correction show Patrick was convicted on March 10, 2022 in Columbus County on two counts of driving while impaired and possession of a Schedule I controlled substance. She was given a 12-month suspended sentence on the drug conviction and 18-month suspended sentence on the DWI convictions.

Patrick was also convicted in November last year of possession of a Schedule II controlled substance in Bladen County and given a 24-month suspended sentence.

Before last year, her only prior conviction in the state was in 2014 for DWI in New Hanover County.

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

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