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BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — We all dial the wrong number from time to time, but when 62-year-old Marlin Snead did it, it landed the Oak Island man in some pretty hot water with the police.

Snead pleaded no contest to one count of intent to deliver a controlled substance Wednesday. His attorney says it’s one of the most interesting cases he’s ever been a part of.

“You have to careful of the kind of conduct that you involve yourself in because things can evolve that you didn’t anticipate,” Snead’s attorney Bonner Stiller said.

Back in April 2010 Snead, a Vietnam War veteran decorated with two Purple Hearts, says he was lonely, so he went to Bolivia and picked up a lady friend.

“I did say she was a prostitute,” Snead said. “I cannot swear to that, but it is my understanding that she is. After that night, I would, yeah, I would say that’s a pretty sure thing.”

He admits they hung out for a couple of days and smoked crack cocaine among other activities. Then, when he went to call her a cab, instead of dialing 411 he accidentally dialed 911.

Snead says before he knew it he got a knock on his door, and it wasn’t a cab driver.

“The next thing I knew the yard was full of officers and they wanted to know if they could go into my house and check my house,” Snead said. “They did, and they found my medication from the VA and they counted them and there were some missing.”

Police arrested Snead on three drug charges, two of which were dropped.

Snead says he never gave the woman any of his prescribed drugs and the whole thing was just a huge misunderstanding.

“I have lived right here on this corner for 20 years, and if I had been a dope salesman or something Oak Island Police would, should have been aware of it,” he said.

Snead has no prior felonies, and after pleading no contest to the charge he faces a suspended sentence and is on probation.

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  • Commonsensenotcommontoday

    Grow up, pops!

  • Ring-Ring—911, what is the location of your emergency? Yea, can you send a cab to______and pick up this whore… (well duh-huh!)

  • Guest123456789

    I like him.

  • SurfCityTom

    blame the optomitrist for giving the wrong strength eyeglasses.

    blame the phone company for altering the phone keypad.

    blame his neighbors for not being more friendly.

    3 likely defences he could have used had he not copped a plea.

    Maybe he’s shooting for a reality show gig.

  • Reality

    Maybe you could shoot for a reality show gig.
    Likely name – Dumb & Dumber

  • Guest02

    SurfCityTom, a local “know-it-all”, spews forth more knee jerk right wing opinions but he still cannot spell! Go “Tabloid SurfCityTom”.

  • Brian

    Remember these words, and repeat them to yourself:

    “I do not consent to any searches”

    He needs to get an out of town lawyer, and perhaps get the ACLU involved. Unless there’s more to this story.

  • Guest2020

    If he consented to the search, then his rights were not violated, therefore he has no cause to seek representation on the matter.

  • ShaunC

    Thank you for trying to save an innocent man! Completely greasy.

  • jw

    Really? You think this is newsworthy? Or funny? The purpose is to further humiliate someone? This is trash TV. You can do better. Raise your standards or lose viewers.

  • Missy

    I have one question…..WHERE in Bolivia do you find a prostitute??

    Which traffic light was she hanging out at??

  • Guest02

    What kind of “lawyer” would plead this poor guy to a felony or anything else based upon such flimsy evidence? Furthermore, was this guy eligible for a deferred prosecution? If so, what happened? It seems like someone screwed this poor fellow in more ways than one. As for the cops, ole Barney Fife would be proud of the “search and seizure”. In regards to WWAY-TV 3, write the FCC and let the FCC know about WWAY-TV 3’s tabloid trash, which masquerades as “news”.

  • SurfCityTom

    to take shots at Old SurfCity, it’s evident you never heard of tongue in cheek humor.

    On another note, one of you beat me to the Dumb and Dumber Reality Show. My only questions are which of you is dumb and which is dumber? Which of you produces and which directs?

    Inquiring minds want to know.

    For the record, what was right wing about the post?

    Oh well, you add further credence to the saying “It is better to remain silent and appear foolish than to speak and remove all doubt”

    Any more of your mindless palavaring?

  • Guest99x


    Your logic is irrefutable, your conclusions are true. But, you mis-spelled “palavering”.

  • LAU

    They can come in your house and count your pills?

  • OSS117

    Who the heck dials 411 anymore?

    Having said that– they counted his meds? How many were missing, and of what? I’ve worked retail pharmacy and now work customer service in a pharmacy benefit call center at an insurance and if I had a nickel for every time a sixty-something said they ran out of meds ahead of schedule, well, I wouldn’t have to work at a freaking call center.

    And… when the cops asked to come in, he should have said, “Come back with a warrant.” I know he admitted smoking crack in the story, but that doesn’t appear to be the charge.

  • Brian

    Greasy, perhaps. But greasy is not a crime, nor is greasy a danger to the public. We here in the US are free to be as greasy as we want to be! :)


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