Grifton business owner arrested with marijuana, laced candy charges

GRIFTON, N.C. (WNCT) – A Grifton business owner and employee sold marijuana and drug-laced candies, according to the Pitt County Sheriff’s Office.

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Deputies arrested the two on Tuesday after searching Enams African Art’s & Crafts store on S. Gordon Street. It is a few blocks away from a childcare center.

Owner Robert Collins Jones, 77 of Grifton, and Melissa Gore Mack, 46 of Farmville, were arrested.

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Deputies say the candy sold had high levels of THC. They say detectives also discovered counterfeit merchandise being sold as brand name clothing and accessories.

Detectives estimate they recovered an estimated $42,000 worth of counterfeit items and drugs.

Both suspects are booked at the Pitt County Detention Center.

The charges are as follows:

Melissa Mack:

  • F) PWISD Marijuana                                                        G.S. 90-95                 8-Counts
  • F) Sell Marijuana                                                             G.S. 90-95                 5-Counts
  • F) Deliver Marijuana                                                         G.S. 90-95                 5-Counts
  • F) Maintaining place for CS                                               G.S. 90-108               5-Counts
  • F) Selling Controlled Substances within 1000ft of Daycare   G.S. 90-95                 3-Counts

Robert Jones:

  • F) PWISD Marijuana                                                         G.S. 90-95                 3-Counts
  • F) Maintaining place for CS                                                G.S. 90-108               1-Counts
  • F) Selling Controlled Substances within 1000ft of Daycare    G.S. 90-95                 1-Counts
  • F) Conspiracy                                                                    G.S. 90-95                 1-Count

Mack is currently being held at the Pitt County Detentions Center under $500,000.00 secured bond.

Jones was given a $75,000 bond and has since bonded out of jail.

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