LENOIR, NC – Deputies arrested a father and son Thursday after finding over $2,000 worth of marijuana on the dad.
A deputy who was patrolling Playmore Beach Road in the Piney area of Caldwell County, had stopped the men for a traffic violation, when he says he noticed a large square object inside one of the man's pockets.
The package turned out to be a baggie with a pound of marijuana, said the deputy. According to North Carolina State Guidelines, the street value of this much marijuana is $2,400.
The father, Robert Ford Dale Jr., 45, and son, Rocky Lee Dale, 22, of 4259 Abernathy Circle in Drexel were arrested and charged with one count of felony possession with intent to sell/deliver marijuana, maintain a vehicle to keep/store a controlled substance, and conspiracy to possess with intent to sell/deliver marijuana.
Both men reportedly have a history of breaking and entering convictions as well as larcenies and possession of stolen goods. Additionally, Robert Ford Dale Jr. was convicted in 1991 for manufacture marijuana and currently has a charge in Burke County of possession with intent to sell/deliver marijuana. Robert's son, Rocky Lee Dale, in addition to the above crimes, also has charges of running from the police and was convicted last year for indecent liberties with a minor.
The two men were jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center with each under a $50,000 secured bond. The father and son were reported to have their first appearance in Lenoir's District Court on Monday. A Sheriff's report says that more arrests are anticipated.
"This is a perfect example of each time an officer conducts a traffic stop, they have to be ready to expect anything. You have no idea who you might be dealing with," said Jones.