A local man was arrested Saturday after police say they found a stolen hemp plant from a nearby farm in his car.

Whispering Pines Police Department arrested Terrell Cornelius Hart, 24, from Pinebluff, and charged him with misdemeanor possession of stolen goods, possession with intent to sell, manufacture and deliver marijuana, maintaining a vehicle for controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Hart was pulled over by Master Officer Holt for speeding on Niagara-Carthage Road, according to a news release from Whispering Pines Police Department.

During the traffic stop, Master Officer Holt smelled marijuana smoke inside Hart’s vehicle.

“Upon further investigation, a recently stolen hemp plant from a nearby farm was found to be in the front passenger floorboard area, covered with an article of clothing,” said the release.

Officer Cirillo assisted in the traffic stop, and 14 grams of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, and the hemp plant were seized during the investigation.

“The Moore County Sheriff’s Office was notified and located the owner of the plant and determined that it was in fact stolen.  The MCSO is currently handling the larceny investigation to cover the theft of the plant,” said the Whispering Pines Police Department.

The suspect was placed in the Moore County Detention Center under a $5,000 secured bond and is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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