HAMLET — A man is facing two felony drug charges after allegedly being caught with weed in his vehicle.
According to the Hamlet Police Department, officers stopped 36-year-old Jeremy Jermaine Wooden on Jan. 4 after observing an unspecified traffic violation.
Officers reportedly smelled marijuana coming from the vehicle. Police say Wooden initially denied having any, but later admitted to having several ounces.
The vehicle was searched and officers reportedly found 140 grams (4.93 ounces) of suspected marijuana, digital scales and an unspecified amount of U.S. currency.
Wooden was arrested and charged with one felony count each of possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana and felony possession of a Schedule VI controlled substance, as well as one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
Neither the press release on the HPD Facebook page nor online court records reflect Wooden being cited for the alleged violation which prompted the initial traffic stop.
Police say Wooden was taken to jail, but no bond amount is mentioned in the post and it appears the defendant has been released.
Online court records show Wooden is scheduled to appear in court Jan. 19.
Records with the N.C. Department of Public Safety Division of Adult Correction show Wooden was convicted in 2008 of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and discharging a firearm into an occupied property. He was given probation.
All defendants facing criminal charges are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.