Pitt County Men Jailed On Pot Charges

Three Pitt County men spent Christmas weekend in jail after being arrested on drug charges.

Billy Grizzard III of Blackjack Simpson Road was arrested Christmas Eve on two marijuana possession charges, and maintaining a vehicle or dwelling for drugs. He also faces two counts of breaking and entering, possession of a stolen firearm and larceny after breaking and entering from a previous incident.

James Elks, 20, of NC 102 E in Ayden, and Brandon Ochoa, 23, of Bill Adams Road in Grimesland, were charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Pitt County Sheriff Neil Elks says they got a call about suspicious vehicle on Country Club Road outside Ayden. Elks says that area has had break-ins in the past. Deputies couldn't locate a suspect immediately, but a short time later spotted a vehicle speeding. Grizzard was behind the wheel.

Sheriff Elks says Grizzard was cited for speeding and gave consent to have his vehicle searched. Deputies say they found 112 grams of marijuana, electronic scales and drug paraphernalia.

Elks says no one claimed possession of the drugs, so all were cited.

Grizzard was already under electronic monitoring following previous charges of breaking and entering. The 23-year-old remains jailed under a $325,000 bond. Elks' bond was set at $75,000 and Ochoa's bond was set at $25,000.

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