3 men arrested, charged after 12 pounds of pot found inside Fayetteville home

Malone, Pacheco and Strange (Cumberland County Sheriff's Office)

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) – Three men have been arrested and charged after Cumberland County sheriff’s deputies executed a search warrant at a Fayetteville home and found numerous weapons and nearly 12 pounds of marijuana, authorities said.

The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office, the North Carolina Department of Revenue, the Fayetteville Police Department, and Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agents were conducting an asset forfeiture operation at a home located at 209 Treadway Court on July 28 when the discovery was made. Authorities were only expecting to seize property and currency, but found more than that.

When authorities arrived at the home, they could smell the odor of marijuana, officials said. The smell was coming from the home via an exhaust vent from a dehumidifier that was attached to a window near the front door.

Authorities obtained a search warrant and executed it at the home. Narcotics detectives seized several weapons that were hidden in the attic and nearly 12 pounds of marijuana was also seized.

Antonio Cesar Pacheco, 27, Darrell Evans Strange, 27, and David Malone Jr., 27, were arrested at the residence. All three were charged with trafficking marijuana, possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, and maintaining a dwelling for the sale of narcotics. Pacheco was also charged with possession of a firearm by a felon.

All three were booked into the Cumberland County jail. Pacheco was given a $20,000 secured bond, while Strange and Malone both received $15,000 secured bonds each.

The three men are all scheduled to appear in court on July 29.

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