Sheriff announces arrests after vehicle stop

Moore County Sheriff Ronnie Fields announced the arrests of two individuals following a traffic stop in the Southern Pines area of Moore County.

On Monday, deputies with the Moore County Sheriff’s Office initiated a traffic stop on U.S. 1 near Morganton Road. Deputies stopped the vehicle because it was displaying a fictitious registration plate.

During the traffic stop, deputies conducted a search of the vehicle after detecting a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. As a result of the search, deputies located marijuana, prescription pills, items of drug paraphernalia, and a concealed handgun. Deputies confirmed the driver of the vehicle to be a convicted felon.

Jamall  Elliott, 39, of Laurinburg, was arrested and charged with possession of firearm by felon, carrying a concealed handgun, simple possession of schedule VI controlled substance, possession of marijuana paraphernalia, maintaining a vehicle/dwelling place for controlled substances, driving while license revoked, and fictitious registration plate. His bond was set at $10,000.

Jessica  Strong, 37, of Laurinburg, was also arrested and charged with simple possession of schedule II controlled substance, maintaining a vehicle/dwelling place for controlled substances, and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was placed under a $2,000 bond.

Suspects are scheduled to appear in Moore County District Court on March 3.

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