Knightdale police seize over 80 pounds of marijuana

mhankerson@newsobserver.comJanuary 21, 2014 

Knightdale police seized 82 pounds of marijuana and over $10,000 in cash last week in town. At this time, police can't confirm if it came from on location or person.

MECHELLE HANKERSON — mhankerson@newsobserver.com Buy Photo

— Police recovered 82 pounds of marijuana and over $10,000 in cash from a storage unit last Tuesday.

Knightdale Police received an anonymous tip about an odor of marijuana coming from a unit in the Security Self Storage on Old Knight Road. The unit was connected to the main office of the building.

A K-9 unit found the “significant” amount of the illegal drug, police Chief Jason Godwin said.

Police recovered four large tubs of marijuana and various materials the search warrant said is consistent with using and trying to hide marijuana odor, like dryer sheets and paper towels.

“The sheer amount obviously indicates a lot more than a recreational user,” Godwin said. “We're just trying to see what direction (the investigation) may go.”

Godwin said police are reviewing video and they do have a person of interest who resides outside of the corporate limits of Knightdale. Because of that, Knightdale is working with the Wake County Sheriff’s Office to make an arrest.

The storage unit is leased by Dwaun Lamont Spigner, but police did not say if he was the person they are looking for.

Spigner has been charged with possession of marijuana twice before in the Charlotte area. Both times were for less than 1/2 oz. of the drug, which is a misdemeanor in North Carolina.

In 2002, the charge was dismissed. The most recent charge was from May 2013, when Spigner received a prayer for judgment, meaning he could pay fees associated with the case. In this case, the judge required Spigner to pay the $121 worth of court fees, which he did.

Hankerson: 919-829-4826; Twitter: @easternwakenews

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