3 face marijuana charges

Amanda Elizabeth Morgan

Natasha Ann Chavis

Timothy Wayne Britt

LAURINBURG — The Scotland County Sheriff’s Office charged three people with drug crimes on Monday, two for intending to sell five pounds of marijuana and one for growing marijuana plants at his Laurinburg home.

Amanda Elizabeth Morgan, 28, and Natasha Ann Chavis, 27, were each charged following a traffic stop on U.S. 74 with possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana, maintaining a vehicle for controlled substance use and felony conspiracy, according to Scotland County Sheriff Ralph Kersey. Chavis was also charged with simple possession of marijuana and schedule IV drugs.

According to Kersey, the pair was stopped on U.S. 74 near Ida Mill Church Road in Laurel Hill after committing a moving violation. A sheriff’s deputy smelled marijuana coming from the 2014 Chevy Impala, Kersey said, and a search of the car revealed five pounds of marijuana hidden behind a set of speakers, as well as $2,450 cash.

Morgan and Chavis were each placed in the Scotland County jail under a $75,000 bond and the Impala was seized. Both women posted bond as of Tuesday afternoon, according to jail records.

Morgan, according to Kersey, is employed by Tabor City’s Department of Corrections.

Additional charges could be filed following a probe by the State Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office, Kersey said.

In an unrelated case, Timothy Wayne Britt Jr., of 10580 Festival Circle in Laurinburg, was also arrested Monday following a month-long investigation that included surveillance of his home, Kersey said. He was charged with manufacturing marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, and placed in the Scotland County jail under a $10,000 secured bond.

Britt was arrested after “he was seen removing the (marijuana) plants from their original location and back to” his home, Kersey said.