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REPORT: Richmond County deputies find marijuana, pills in truck after K-9 alerts at traffic stop

ROCKINGHAM — A man accused of setting fire to a van in a parking lot last year is now facing several drug charges.

According to the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, a patrol deputy conducted a traffic stop of a truck on U.S. 220 on Monday, June, 10.

The reason for the initial stop is not given in the press release issued June 18.

The driver, 38-year-old Corey Allen Prisk, of Hamlet, reportedly told the deputy that he did not have a driver’s license, nor did he have any paperwork for the truck.

The deputy reportedly requested a K-9 and the Rockingham Police Department responded, with the dog making “a positive alert on the driver side of the vehicle.”

Deputies then searched the vehicle, reportedly finding: 100 grams (3.52 ounces) of marijuana; seven assorted pills; a pill crusher; a set of digital scales; a straw with white residue; and $1,300. A Mossberg shotgun and six shells were reportedly found in the bed of the truck.

Prisk was arrested and charged with: possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver marijuana; felony possession of a Schedule IV controlled substance; simple possession of a Schedule III controlled substance; possession of drug paraphernalia; and possession of marijuana paraphernalia.

(Note: Online jail records show a charge of simple possession of a Schedule IV controlled substance that is not reflected in the press release or online court records.)

The press release states that Prisk was booked into the Richmond County Jail and held without bond. Online jail records on June 18 show is currently being held on a $20,000 secured bond. He is scheduled to appear in court June 27.

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Prisk was charged last November after allegedly setting fire to a van after siphoning gas from it. Click here to read that story.

In that case, he was charged with one felony count each of breaking or entering a motor vehicle and burning personal property, as well as one misdemeanor count each of larceny and simple possession of a Schedule IV controlled substance.

Online court records show Prisk also has charges pending in district court of second-degree trespassing, misdemeanor stalking, resisting a public officer and a probation violation in one case; and intimidating a witness, obstructing justice and a probation violation in another case.

Records with the N.C. Department of Adult Correction show Prisk was convicted in June 2023 of obstructing justice, stalking and resisting a public officer, and given an 18-month suspended sentence.

Records show Prisk was first convicted in 2004 of misdemeanor larceny. Other Richmond County convictions include charges of resisting a public officer (2008), simple assault (2011), breaking and entering (2020), and communicating threats (2020).

Prisk was also convicted in Cumberland County on a misdemeanor count of possession of a Schedule VI controlled substance in 2010.

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