LUMBERTON — A prominent Lumberton businessman has been charged with drug crimes following a traffic stop on Monday, according to the Sheriff Office.
Sheriff Kenneth Sealey said 70 units of prescription pills were found in a car belonging to Leland Fields Fuller, 41, of Grande Oaks Boulevard. Fuller is general manager and part owner of Lumberton Honda, which is located at 301 Wintergreen Drive in North Lumberton.
According to Sealey, the drugs were found after Fuller, who was driving a red 2005 Lotus sports car, was seen speeding in a 55-mph zone on Mount Olive Church Road. Sealey said as Deputy Nakiea Wearins interviewed Fuller, Detective David Thompson saw Fuller hide something in his clothing.
A drug-sniffing dog was called and found a bottle of prescription pills under the floor mat and another bottle in Leland’s clothing, according to Sealey. Sealey said that the dealership and Fuller’s home were also searched, but no other drugs were found.
Fuller was charged with trafficking opium or heroin by possession, trafficking opium or heroin by transporting, possession with an intent to sell or deliver a Schedule II controlled substance, maintaining a drug vehicle and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was released after posting a $30,000 bond and made his first court appearance on Tuesday.
Sealey said the case is still under investigation by the Narcotics Division.
The Robesonian called the dealership on Tuesday and asked if Fuller or his lawyer would like to comment, but never received a call back.
Fuller, who appears in television commercials for the dealership, is known for his generosity in the community.
Lumberton Honda participates in the United Way’s annual Car Giveaway for fair-share givers, and recently he participated as a dancer for the United Way’s Dancing with the Robeson County Stars, which raises money for the Dolly Parton Imagination Library. He and his dancing partner raised the third most money of the 18 dancing pairs, and then Fuller paid for an after-party celebration for participants at his dealership, an event that was held last week.