Richmond County sheriff’s deputies charge 3 in pull-over pot bust

By: By Gavin Stone - Staff Writer

ROCKINGHAM — Three Winston-Salem men are facing drug charges after Richmond County sheriff’s deputies say they discovered nearly a half-pound of pot in their vehicle during a June 8 traffic stop.

Adolfo Noyola Lopez, 24, Moises Quiterio, 25, and Edward Thomas Marin, 22, were traveling together when deputies allegedly found 201 grams, or 7.1 ounces, of suspected marijuana, according to a press release from the sheriff’s office.

The men were each charged with one felony count each of possession of a Schedule VI controlled substance; possession with intent to manufacture sell or deliver a Schedule VI controlled substance; and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for keeping and selling a controlled substance.

They were each booked into the Richmond County Jail under a $25,000 secured bond. Quiterio has since been released on bond and Lopez has been put under a hold by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, according to jail records.

Marin was transferred to another county, but jail officials did not say where.

Lopez and Marin have no prior convictions in the state, according to records with the N.C. Department of Public Safety Division of Adult Correction.

Quiterio’s first offense came in August 2010 when he was convicted in Forsyth County of one misdemeanor count each of carrying a concealed weapon, possession of a firearm by a minor and possessing or purchasing a malt beverage by someone under 21 years of age. He was sentenced to probation for these charges, according to state records.

He was next convicted in Guilford County of two felonies — breaking and entering and larceny after breaking and entering — in February 2012, for which he again received probation.

Most recently Quiterio was convicted of a misdemeanor charge of consuming alcohol while under the age of 21 in November 2013, for which he was again given probation, records show.

All defendants facing criminal charges are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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By Gavin Stone

Staff Writer