Odor from dryer sheets leads to marijuana charges

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, August 15, 2012

By Nathan Hardin
SALISBURY — The smell of dryer sheets led police to find marijuana and alcohol during a vehicle stop Monday night, deputies said. According to a Rowan County Sheriff’s Office report, Julius Novell Day, 30, of Brodnax, Va., was arrested after police smelled alcohol and saw an open Corona beer in the car.
Officers said they stopped the vehicle on a speeding violation on Interstate 85 near the Innes Street exit about 11:15 p.m.
Day told authorities he and a female passenger, who was not named in the report, were on their way to the beach for a week.
But authorities said they found 22 grams, or .78 ounces, of marijuana in a mason jar in the Cadillac DeVille’s center console.
Officers also said they found drug paraphernalia and a “large amount” of cash, estimated to be in excess of $4,000.
During the search, officers said they smelled dryer sheets, often used to mask the smell of marijuana, the report said.
Day was charged with felony possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, felony maintaining a vehicle for storing drugs, misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia and having an open alcohol container in a vehicle.
He was also issued a warning for speeding and for a driver’s license violation, the report said.
Day was released after posting a $10,000 bond.