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Police: Bust nets 90 pounds of pot

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CLAYTON — A Goldsboro man is behind bars after officers say they found him picking up a delivery of almost 90 pounds of marijuana at a Clayton home.

Austin Arthur Thomas, 38, was arrested on Sept. 4 at a house on the 700 block of Champion Street.

Thomas is charged with trafficking marijuana and maintaining a dwelling for trafficking. Clayton police found 89.13 pounds of marijuana and an unspecified amount of money. Police said they seized “a large amount of cash.”

Because there is a playground nearby, Thomas was also charged with possession of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a park.

Clayton town spokeswoman Stacy Beard said this was one of the Clayton Police Department’s largest marijuana busts.

“The investigation and arrest were made possible thanks to the cooperation of state and neighboring law enforcement agencies,” said Beard.

Thomas’s initial bond was set a $500,000.

Johnston County sheriff’s deputies had arrested Thomas about a month earlier on a charges of having more than 10 pounds of marijuana. At the time of his Sept. 4 arrest, Thomas had posted bond and was on pretrial release for those charges.