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NORTH CAROLINA: Baptist preacher caught with weed

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HALIFAX COUNTY (WTVD) -- A Rocky Mount preacher was cited for marijuana possession in Enfield, N.C. after his vehicle crossed the center line while driving on U.S. 301.

A Halifax County deputy said he stopped a vehicle on Highway 301 in Enfield on Friday for crossing the center line. After approaching the vehicle, the deputy said he smelled marijuana coming from the vehicle.

The driver, 49-year-old Michael Thompson, told the deputy he was a preacher at a Rocky Mount Baptist church. He also told the officer he buys pot every two months to smoke but not to sell.

During the stop, the deputy also said Pastor Thompson gave him a brown bag that had 23 grams of marijuana and some cigars in it.

Pastor Thompson was cited for possession of more than a half-ounce of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. His court date is set for October 26, 2009.

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