Police: Marion man caught with three pounds of weed

By DeeAnna Haney | Aug 28, 2014
Samuel Bolinger

CANTON — A Marion man was arrested in the Waffle House parking lot last week after police recovered drugs and cash from his vehicle.

Around noon Aug. 15, Canton police received a phone call regarding suspected suspicious activity in the Waffle House parking lot on Champion Drive.

Waffle House employees told police they saw what they believed may have been a "hand-to-hand transaction," said Cpl. Neal Swanger.

When Swanger and Officer Brandon Pless arrived, they found three suspects including 56-year-old Samuel Bolinger of Marion, 25-year-old Randall Monroe of Franklin and 22-year-old James Mayhorn of Franklin.

K9 Lenny, from the Haywood County Sheriff's Office, alerted on the van which was owned by Bolinger. A subsequent search of the vehicle revealed three pounds of marijuana and nearly $4,000 in cash.

Bolinger was charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver marijuana, felony possession of marijuana and maintaining a vehicle or dwelling place for a controlled substance and placed under $15,000 secured bond.

After further investigation, Monroe and Mayhorn were both later charged with conspiracy to sell and deliver marijuana and placed under $5,000 secured bond.

Canton Police Chief Bryan Whitner said the restaurant employees did the right thing by calling the police.

"We urge anyone in the public to call when they see this type of suspicious activity," Whitner said. "These officers did a great job on this case."


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