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Pot bust yields over 12 pounds

AHOSKIE –Jason D. Horton, a former standout athlete at Hertford County High School who went on to play pro football, faces charges – to include drug trafficking that involves over 12 pounds of marijuana – following his arrest here last week.

Horton, who as an undrafted free agent played two seasons (2004-2005) as a defensive back with the Green Bay Packers, stands charged with trafficking in marijuana, possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, and maintaining a vehicle/dwelling/place to keep a controlled substance. All of those charges are felonies.

He was detained under a $75,000 secured bond, which was later posted.

Horton, age 40, made his initial court appearance on Oct. 30. His next court date was set for Jan. 19.

Ahoskie Police Chief Troy Fitzhugh said the charges against Horton came about after two APD officers responded to burglar alarm at around 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 27 at 1010 North Mitchell Street.

“The officers went to the front door of the residence, which they found to be unsecured. Due to that fact, they announced their presence and entered the residence in an effort to determine if whether or not a burglary was in progress.”

Fitzhugh said after securing downstairs area of the residence, the officers went upstairs.

“There they noted a strong odor of marijuana,” Fitzhugh said. “And, in their plain sight, they saw marijuana, a handgun, and an amount of U.S. currency.”

Fitzhugh said at that point the two officers notified their supervisors.

“Upon the arrival of [APD] Detective Sgt. Stephen White, the person occupying that residence, who was identified as Jason Dennard Horton, also arrived,” Fitzhugh said. “Mr. Horton was advised of what was located within the residence and was then placed under arrest.”

Fitzhugh said approximately 12.16 pounds of marijuana was located within the residence. Also seized were an assault rifle, a Glock pistol, ammunition, and an undisclosed amount of cash.

He added that an investigation is underway regarding the ownership of the weapons.

According to North Carolina law, possession of 10 or more pounds of marijuana results in a charge of trafficking. Possession of 10-to-50 pounds is a Class H felony, which, if convicted, carries a jail term of 25-to-30 months and/or a $5,000 fine.

About Cal Bryant

Cal Bryant, a 40-year veteran of the newspaper industry, serves as the Editor at Roanoke-Chowan Publications, publishers of the Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald, Gates County Index, and Front Porch Living magazine.

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