POLICE BRIEFS: Vehicle Stop Leads To Drug Charges
Southern Pines Police arrested an Aberdeen man on drug charges after a vehicle stop.
An officer stopped a vehicle driven by William Christopher Griffin, 39, on Jan. 27 in the 100 block of South Gaines Street. During the stop, the officer detected the presence of marijuana, according to a news release from the Southern Pines Police Department. Officers found marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
Police charged Griffin with possession of marijuana with intent to sell and deliver, possession of marijuana, maintaining a vehicle for the use of controlled substances and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was jailed with bail set at $7,500. His first court hearing was scheduled for Feb. 9.
THEFT -- A report that an Aberdeen business suspected that an employee was taking money resulted in the arrest of a West End woman by Moore County sheriff's detectives.
Maria E. Shamberger, 41, was charged with felony identity theft, felony obtaining property by false pretenses, felony larceny by employee, felony financial card fraud and felony forgery and uttering, according to a press release. She was arrested on Jan. 26.
The arrest stemmed from a report by the owner of Howell's Masonry that suspicious activity concerning the company's bank account and credit transactions had been detected. It was reported that an employee was transferring money from the company account to a personal account. The report was made on Dec. 29, 2008.
Shamberger was released on a $15,000 unsecured bond.
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