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KURE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — A Kure Beach Town Commissioner has been charged with multiple narcotics charges, according to Kure Beach Police.

A Kure Beach police report says 64-year-old commissioner Barry Nelder had almost one gram of marijuana on him when an officer arrested him around 8 a.m. at Raleigh Avenue and Lake Park in Carolina Beach. He was also charged with posession of drug paraphernalia.

Mayor Dean Lambeth says Nelder is in his first term as a town commissioner and filed last month to run for re-election.

“Why in the world,” said Lambeth. “64 years old, why would you do something like that? it’s a little distressing, because all of us took an oath to uphold the laws in North Carolina. No elected official in the state of North Carolina should be above the law.”

Kure Beach residents say it’s ridiculous that an elected official would be involved in something like this at his age.

“A representative of the community should be upstanding and not a law breaker,” said Bill Bryan, a Kure Beach resident. “I am very surprised because Barry, who I’ve talked to several times and always respected his positions, but doing something this childish is uncalled for.”

“To me I think as you grow up, you put up childish things,” said Hugh Cannon, another resident of Kure Beach. “We should know better by that time. I’m 77 and I’ve never engaged in any of that.”

WWAY went to Nelder’s house to see if he wanted to give his side of the story. He was in the residence but did not come to the door.

Mayor Lambeth says he spoke to Nelder after the arrest. He says Nelder apologized and wanted the other commissioners to be aware of his mistake.

“He has some explaining to do, especially to the citizens of Kure Beach,” said Lambeth.

Lambeth says the other commissioners will discuss what to do about the situation during a closed session at their next meeting on August 16th.

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44 Comments on "FIRST ON 3: 64-year-old Kure Beach commissioner arrested for having weed"

Grand Ole Party
2015 years 10 months ago

Did you bother to even think prior to posting this BS? WWAY reported the facts. If he would have had a legal prescription for marijuana he wouldn’t have been arrested. Marijuana is STILL ILLEGAL. So it doesn’t matter why he had it, IT’S ILLEGAL, get the point yet?

2015 years 10 months ago

for the next town meeting. Then the rest of the town commissioners might start making sensible decisions. If the worst our politicians were doing was roasting a doobie we would all be in better shape.

2015 years 10 months ago

…is that municipal police departments are not equipped or even allowed to unilaterally assume enforcing FEDERAL immigration laws.

You may not LIKE that, but it’s a fact of life. Your beef is with the feds, not the Kure Beach Police Department who performed a duty they ARE responsible for.

2015 years 10 months ago

The guy had some weed. Yeah it’s illegal but so are the 30 million illegal aliens walking around doing more harm than this guy. I guess there’s no money in picking them up.

NC is in the liquor buisness and has their greedy hands, elbow deep up the tobacco industry’s butt. I’ll take a stoned politician over a drunk one anyday. Heck, I’d bet some of the clowns in power are so pilled up, it’s no wonder they do and say some of the things they do.

Das Weibstück
2015 years 10 months ago

DANG that guy looks like hell, I thought he was at least 85 ! My Dad is 82 and looks like his son. Good argument for NOT being a pot smoker.


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