NC town commissioner accused of growing marijuana, stealing candy

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BRIDGETON, N.C. — A town commissioner in Craven County is accused of stealing candy from a convenience store and growing marijuana at his home.

WCTI12 reported that Bridgeton commissioner Charles Freeman, who had previously served as Bridgeton’s mayor pro-tem, faces various charges after being arrested.

Authorities said the suspect stole a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup and some miscellaneous candy from a WilcoHess in Bridgeton around 11 a.m. Wednesday.

Bridgeton Police Commissioner Keith Tyndall said Freeman became a suspect after reviewing surveillance video footage with the store manager.

When officers arrived at the suspect’s home, authorities said they discovered several potted marijuana plants in his yard.

“So at that point, it turned into a drug bust,” Tyndall told WCTI12.

The suspect was charged with misdemeanor larceny, felony possession of marijuana, felony manufacture of marijuana, and felony possession for the purpose of manufacturing and selling.

Read more: WCTI12

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