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Sparks arrested for possession

On March 26, Cornelius Terry Lee Sparks, 25, of N.C. Highway 33 West, Chocowinity, was arrested for DWI, speeding, and open container in the passenger area, read a press release from the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office. In conjunction with the N.C. State Highway Patrol, Sheriff’s Office Deputy Michael LoRe stopped Sparks at 8:31 p.m. on N.C. Highway 33 West, near Frederick Road.

Cornelius Terry Lee Sparks

A subsequent search of the vehicle revealed a loaded .38 revolver and a bag of “Mad Hatter” incense, a synthetic cannabinoid generically known as “spice” which, when smoked, mimics the effects of marijuana use.

The substance swept through the area approximately three years ago and while illegal in North Carolina, remains legal in South Carolina, according to a representative from the Sheriff’s Office drug unit.

“It’s still around in small amounts,” said the drug unit officer. “Spice has taken a back seat in this area, it’s not as widespread.”

Sparks was further charged with possession of a firearm by felon, carrying a concealed weapon, and possession of synthetic cannabinoid. He was held at the county detention center on a $10,500 secured bond.

According to Major Kenneth Watson of the Sheriff’s Office, Sparks was convicted for indecent liberties with a minor in October of 2010.