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Saturday February 24th, 2018 10:29AM

Hall authorities seize over $23K in marijuana, cash

By Derreck Booth Anchor/reporter
A North Carolina man remained in the Hall County Jail Tuesday morning after authorities say they confiscated marijuana and cash with a combined value of over $23,000.
 
Curtis Richard Bledsoe, 22, is charged with possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute following his arrest Monday night at the McEver Road and Mountain View Road in Oakwood, according Hall County Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad Lt. Don Scalia.
 
The Oakwood Police Department Criminal Investigation Division notified MANS about potential marijuana distribution in the area, prompting what Scalia described as extended surveillance work.
 
"From that we were able to develop a suspect, and eventually (Monday) night we were able to conduct a vehicle stop."
 
Scalia said authorities found three pounds of marijuana in Bledsoe's vehicle.  The pot, packaged in three shrink wrap bags is worth roughly $13,500.  He said officer also found $9,915 cash.
 
"(Bledsoe) was very cooperative," Scalia said.  "We used a uniform patrol vehicle to conduct the actual traffic stop, and then (MANS) joined him after the stop was over and conducted our investigation from there."
 
Bledsoe was in the vehicle alone during the stop.
 
"The preliminary information is that he was a former resident of Hall County.  We've established that we believe he was born in North Carolina and had recently moved back there," Scalia said.
 
In addition to police and MANS Task Force officers, the Hall County Sheriff’s Office Uniform Patrol Division took part in the operation.  Scalia said the case remains under investigation.
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