37-year-old James Dwight Hamilton, Jr. of Hartford Lane in Statesville has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff's Officers on felony counts of possession of marijuana and possession with intent to sell & deliver marijuana, plus one misdemeanor count of possession of marijuana paraphernalia.
Events leading to Hamilton's arrest began yesterday (May 15) as a Deputy at the intersection of Weaver Hill Road and the Taylorsville Highway noticed a white Chevrolet Trail Blazer that had an equipment violation. The Deputy stopped the vehicle and spoke with the driver and with James Dwight Hamilton. The Deputy learned that the driver had a suspended license. He also detected the strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle.
The Officers asked both occupants to step out of the vehicle. A search was conducted and Hamilton was found to be in possession of several individually sealed packages of marijuana with a total weight of 182 grams (about 6.4 ounces). Hamilton was taken into custody without incident. The driver was released after he was issued a citation for driving on a suspended license.
Hamilton was taken to the Iredell County Detention Center where he was given a $20,000 secured bond. He'll appear in District Court on June 7.
Hamilton has a criminal history that includes two felony counts each of possession of cocaine and possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine, plus one felony count of trafficking cocaine by possession, along with misdemeanor counts of communicating threats, possession of marijuana (two counts), possession of drug paraphernalia, resisting a public officer (two counts), and D.W.I. level 5.