Deputies: Pot hidden behind car’s speakers



LAUREL HILL — Sheriff’s deputies say they found 5 pounds of marijuana hidden behind a car’s stereo speakers after stopping two women for a traffic violation on U.S. 74.

Amanda Elizabeth Morgan, 28, and Natasha Ann Chavis, 27, were each charged with possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana, maintaining a vehicle for controlled substance use and felony conspiracy, according to Scotland County Sheriff Ralph Kersey. Chavis was also charged with simple possession of marijuana and Schedule IV drugs.

According to Kersey, the pair was stopped on U.S. 74 near Ida Mill Church Road in Laurel Hill after committing a moving violation. A deputy smelled marijuana coming from the 2014 Chevy Impala, Kersey said, and a search of the car revealed 5 pounds of marijuana hidden behind a set of speakers, as well as $2,450 cash.

Morgan and Chavis were each placed in the Scotland County jail under a $75,000 bond and the Impala was seized. Both women posted bond as of Tuesday afternoon, according to jail records.

Morgan, according to Kersey, is employed by Tabor City’s Department of Corrections.

Additional charges could be filed following a probe by the State Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office, Kersey said.