Couple charged with possession of a little over half a pound of marijuana

Published 10:10 pm Thursday, April 2, 2015

By Shavonne Walker

shavonne.walker@salisburypost.com

Police charged a Salisbury couple on Wednesday with possession of a little over half a pound of marijuana at a Clancy Hills Apartment. Officers were looking to serve a search warrant at an apartment just across the breezeway when they got a whiff of the marijuana.

A woman, later identified as Chiquita Katelyn Chunn, walked from the apartment and when the door was ajar the officers could smell marijuana coming from the apartment.

Chunn, 21, of the 100 block of Clancy Street, was charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver marijuana, felony possession of marijuana, misdemeanor maintaining a dwelling place for controlled substances, and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

Christopher Michael Rhodes Jr., 22, of the 300 block of Catawba Drive, was also charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture marijuana, felony possession of marijuana, misdemeanor maintaining a dwelling place for controlled substance, and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

An officer knocked on the door and Chunn answered it. The officer explained they could smell the marijuana, which she denied possessing, said Police Capt. Shelia Lingle.

The officer asked if she could search the apartment and Chunn refused. The officer asked if anyone else was inside and Chunn said no. However, the officer looked inside the apartment and found Chunn’s boyfriend, Rhodes, inside. The officers cleared the apartment and one officer left to obtain a search warrant.

Officers found a total of 288.5 grams of marijuana throughout the apartment, including under the couch, in a kitchen drawer, a bedroom, inside a jar under the kitchen sink and inside a jar on a shelf.

Also found at the scene was a glass bong, plastic bags and torn bags, marijuana roaches, a metal grinder, and $1,987.

Rhodes has one misdemeanor conviction from 2009 for communicating threats. He has since been released from the Rowan county Detention Center under a $20,000 secured bond. Chunn was issued a $2,500 secured bond and has since been released from the county jail.

Contact reporter Shavonne Walker at 704-797-4253.

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