Traffic stop leads to drug arrest with help of K-9

A traffic stop led to the arrest of a 37-year-old Aberdeen man with the help of a Southern Pines Police K-9.

“On April 8, 2024 at 9:48 pm, members of the Southern Pines Police Department’s Directed Patrol Unit stopped a vehicle driven by Angelo McLean III on US Highway 1 near Pennsylvania Avenue for an observed violation of North Carolina motor vehicle law,” wrote Southern Pines Police Department in a statement issued to Sandhills Sentinel. “During the officer’s investigation, which included the use of a department K-9, 434 grams of Marijuana, 100 dosage units of Ecstasy and assorted items of Drug Paraphernalia were located.”

McLean was arrested on charges of two counts of trafficking ecstasy, possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, felony possession of marijuana, felony possession of Schedule I controlled substance. maintaining a vehicle for the sale of controlled substances, possession of drug paraphernalia, no operator’s license and vehicle equipment violation.

The suspect was jailed under a $150,000 secured bond. He is due in court on April 25 and is presumed innocent until proven guilty. 

Photo via Southern Pines Police Department.

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