Race shop owners hit with charges in marijuana bust

by jovan1984

SALISBURY — The war on marijuana continues.

This time, two owners of a Charlotte area racing shop — both of whom are married to each other.

The Rowan County Sheriff’s Office arrested a husband and wife after 65 pounds of pot were discovered in their possession during a drug raid earlier this month.

“Our office received a Crime Stoppers tip about people traveling back with drugs pretending to be a shipment of oil,” said Deputy Chief David C. Ramsey of the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office. “We just thank the public for their tips. Their tips help solve a lot of crimes.”

The owners of Starship Engineering, Thomas Clark Llewellyn, 57, and his wife, 54-year-old Danna Ward Llewellyn, were charged with conspiracy to traffic marijuana, trafficking marijuana by possession and trafficking marijuana by transportation.

Mr. Llewellyn was also hit with a charge of being in possession of a firearm by a convicted felon after investigators seized the stash, which included a total of $10,057.00 in cash, drug paraphernalia and a gun.

On June 7, investigators said they discovered 62 lbs of medical grade marijuana concealed in a compartment built inside a motorcycle trailer. The marijuana lined the walls of the trailer and was held in place by bungee cords and duct tape, according to the police report. An additional 3 lbs of marijuana was found inside a detached garage.

A total of 65 lbs of the high grade marijuana was discovered during the investigation, with a wholesale street value of $325,000.00, according to authorities.

Search warrants were executed based on information that marijuana was being transported from Salisbury to the West Coast disguised as a trip to obtain motorcycle oil from Blaine, Wash. [WCNC-TV 36]