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Dennis J. Odom

Posted: Wednesday, February 14, 2018 8:20 am | Updated: 8:36 am, Wed Feb 14, 2018.

The Norlina Police Department last week arrested Dennis J. Odom, 21, of Peter Stallings Rd., Macon, on multiple charges, including felony trafficking in cocaine, after a routine license check.

According to the police report, officers were conducting a driver’s license checkpoint on Feb. 7 at the intersection of Norlina Warren Plains Road and Yancey Road when a Chevrolet Camaro approached at a high rate of speed shortly after 2:30 p.m. The vehicle stopped, and the driver, identified as a Ryan Spenser Pitchford, 28, of Beaver Dam Road, Norlina, said that he did not have a license.

The report indicated that officers could smell marijuana as soon as Pitchford rolled down the window. It stated that a passenger, identified as Odom, held his seatbelt in one hand and the car’s door handle in the other. The report described Odom as appearing nervous and looking around as if he were trying to escape. The three police officers on site surrounded the vehicle to prevent him from fleeing.

According to the report, Sgt. D. Greene noticed a small nugget of a green leafy substance near the gear shift after Pitchford got out of the car. Odom handed Police Chief G. Hughes a small bag of marijuana, saying that it was all he had. The report stated that Hughes searched Odom after getting him out of the car, and seized a clear bag of an off-white rock-like substance, clear bag of white rock substance, a folding knife, digital scale with white powder substance caked on the surface and a cellphone. A package of White Owl blunt cigars was seized as drug paraphernalia.

The report states that when Pitchford and Odom were questioned at the Norlina Police Department, Pitchford said that he didn’t know that Odom had any cocaine and would not have let him in the car if he had known. Pitchford told Greene that he had borrowed his sister’s car to buy marijuana, and admitted that the marijuana nugget and cigars belonged to him. According to the report, Pitchford said that he met Odom outside a convenience store in Norlina where  Odom normally sells drugs, and that Odom asked Pitchford for a ride and promised to give him marijuana as payment. The report states that Pitchford told Greene that he was disappointed in the amount of marijuana that Odom gave him and was going to give Odom $10 more for more marijuana.

According to the report, Odom admitted that the off-white substance found in the vehicle was cocaine. The white substance on the digital scale tested positive for cocaine.

Court documents filed in the case indicated that the drugs seized at the time of arrest amounted to 45.4 grams of cocaine and 25.8 grams of crack cocaine.

Odom was charged with trafficking in cocaine, possession with the intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a Schedule II controlled substance and possession with the intent to manufacture, sell or deliver cocaine, all felonies, and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. He was confined in the Warren County Detention Center under a $55,000 secured bond. Odom is scheduled to appear in court on March 28.

The Norlina Police Department issued citations to Pitchford on charges of possession of less than one-half ounce of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, both misdemeanors, and driving while license revoked. He is scheduled to appear in court on April 25.