Broken taillight leads to drugs, counterfeit money
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BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) -- A deputy noticing a broken taillight landed two men behind bars on drug charges. At least one of them may also face counterfeiting charges.

The Bladen County Sheriff's Office says around 3:30 a.m. Tuesday, a deputy on patrol saw a white truck on NC 20 with a back light out. When deputies stopped the truck, they noticed the smell of marijuana. Investigators say a search led to 19 baggies of marijuana packaged for sale and a set of digital scales.

Deputies also found 14 pink tablets in the pocket of one of the suspects, Oliver Arrendondo. They say he admitted they were Percocet. Officers say money they found in his pocket included seven counterfeit $20 bills and a fake $10 bill.

Arrendondo, 22, of Fayetteville, is charged with trafficking opium or heroin, possession with intent to sell and deliver a Schedule VI controlled substance, manufacturing marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. He is in the Bladen County Jail under $20,500 secured bond.

Joshua Watkins, 22, of Fayetteville, is charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver a Schedule VI controlled substance, manufacturing marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. He is out of jail on $8,000 secured bond.

Investigators have contacted the Secret Service about the counterfeit money.

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I guess the Bladen County Sheriff has failed to train it's people properly. In NC it is only required to have a single rear light operating on a motor vehicle.Therefor....the stop was not legal.

Concerned need to go back and read part (d) of GS 20-19. I don't think part (g) applies to this

(d) Rear Lamps. - Every motor vehicle, and every trailer or semitrailer attached to a motor vehicle and every vehicle which is being drawn at the end of a combination of vehicles, shall have all originally equipped rear lamps or the equivalent in good working order, which lamps shall exhibit a red light plainly visible under normal atmospheric conditions from a distance of 500 feet to the rear of such vehicle. One rear lamp or a separate lamp shall be so constructed and placed that the number plate carried on the rear of such vehicle shall under like conditions be illuminated by a white light as to be read from a distance of 50 feet to the rear of such vehicle. Every trailer or semitrailer shall carry at the rear, in addition to the originally equipped lamps, a red reflector of the type which has been approved by the Commissioner and which is so located as to height and is so maintained as to be visible for at least 500 feet when opposed by a motor vehicle displaying lawful undimmed lights at night on an unlighted highway.