Marijuana Seized From SUV

A Selma teenager is facing serious drug charges following what started out as a routine traffic stop for a seat belt violation.

Around 10:00am Tuesday, a Johnston County Sheriff’s SAFE Team deputy was monitoring traffic on Highway 231 at Highway 39 in the Emit Community when he spotted a driver not wearing a seat belt. The officer stopped the white Ford SUV and as he approached the vehicle detected a strong odor of marijuana.

The driver, Curtis Gene Wiggs, 18, of the 1600 block of Highway 39, Selma, reportedly admitted to the officer there were drugs in the SUV. During a search a vacuum sealed bag was found with two smaller bags of suspected marijuana inside. The drugs weight was approximately 83 grams.

Wiggs was charged with felony possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana, felony maintaining a vehicle or dwelling for a controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.  Wiggs was given a $20,000 bond on the charges.