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Columbia couple charged with felony drug violations

Benjamin C. Vanstaalduinen, 29, and Mary Susan McHone, 29, both of Columbia, were arrested Dec. 27 and charged with felony marijuana possession and possession of drug paraphernalia, Tyrrell County Sheriff Kevin Sawyer reported Jan. 15.

Deputies with the Tyrrell County Sheriff’s Office, assisted by the State Highway Patrol, served a search warrant at the couple’s Columbia address on Dec. 27.

“The search warrant was sought for packages related to receipt of marijuana mailed through the U.S. Postal Service,” Sheriff Sawyer stated.

Three ounces of marijuana, multi-pipes, rolling papers, and containers were seized, and both defendants were placed under $3,000 unsecured bond.