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Deputies arrest 4, then 3 others after responding to same Lenoir County home

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KINSTON, N.C. - Deputies say a tip led to the arrest of 4 people on drug charges.

It happened Sunday night in Kinston.

The Lenoir County Sheriff’s Office says they found 5 pounds of marijuana separated in large glass containers at a home on Cherry Lane. They also found a straw filled with hydrocodone.

They arrested and charged 23 year old Michael Shawn Schwarz with possession of Schedule II and felony maintaining a dwelling for Schedule II, 22 year old Travis Layden with PWISD marijuana, felony maintaining a dwelling for marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, and 21 year old Enrique D. Luna Jr. with PWISD marijuana, felony maintaining a dwelling for marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.  Samantha Cappola was charged with simple possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.  

Deputies also seized U.S. currency, grinders, scales, baggies, phones, and a bong.

The next day, around 3:15 a.m., they returned to the same home for a robbery report.

Cappola told deputies that someone knocked on the front door of the home after deputies left earlier in the evening. She said she thought it was her neighbor, but said when she opened the door, three white men, one armed with a knife, pushed their way into the home.  They demanded money and drugs before they stole about two hundred dollars in cash and the victim’s cell phone.  

A neighbor spotted their getaway car, called 911, and gave deputies a vehicle description. They stopped it a short time later near Hwy 70 and 258 North and detained 3 men. They charged 21 year old John Crowley, 20 year old Kevin Hanson, and 19 year old Andrew Weaver with first degree burglary, 2nd degree kidnapping and armed robbery.   

“My deputies had a long night but it was very productive.  We have (6) people in jail for either possessing and selling dope or robbing someone of their dope and money.  I do not think I have every had a case where we searched a home, seized drugs and made arrests and then robbers arrive at the same home minutes later to steal drugs and money that we have already seized.  On top of all of that, they got caught moments after the crime.  In this case, we beat them to the punch,” said Sheriff Chris Hill.  
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