Marie Holmes’ Marijuana Arrest: North Carolina Powerball Winner Issued Citation, 3 Men Also Charged

Marie Holmes’ marijuana arrest is a sad ending for a North Carolina Powerball winner who had hoped to improve her life with the lottery winning numbers. Instead, Holmes finds herself in legal hot water along with three other men, including one man she apparently paid the jail bond for earlier in the year.

In a related report by the Inquisitr, Marie Holmes’ marijuana arrest may end up being what she is known for in the longer run, but back in February of 2015, Holmes was one of three $188 million winners of a $564 million jackpot. At the time, she claimed she had been forced to quit jobs working at Wal-Mart and McDonald’s in order to care for her four children, one of whom has cerebral palsy.

“I don’t have to worry about the word ‘struggle’ no more, and neither do they,” she said during an interview. “I just want them to understand that money doesn’t change you, but it can help you, so they don’t have to worry about debt, none of that. They can go to college; they don’t have to worry about nothing. And I’m glad that I can do that for them.”

The Powerball lottery winner had discussed plans for donating money to church, setting up college funds for her kids, and purchasing a new home. Instead, when police found her, she was caught living in a trailer which had drugs and guns located within.

Marie Holmes’ marijuana charges were not the only drug related arrests. Brunswick County deputies said Lamar Andre McDow, a gang member who goes under the nickname “Hot Sauce,” was jailed under a $6 million bond after violating the terms of his pretrial release. McDow was previously arrested for two heroin-related charges, and he was jailed under a $3 million bond, which Holmes paid.

McDow’s arrest history includes convictions for assault on a female, assault and several counts of drug possession. The gang member was under investigation due to trafficking heroin and possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver heroin. The investigation had previously discovered more than 8,000 bags of heroin.

In addition, McDow was charged with possession of a firearm by a felon. The.45-caliber pistol was registered under the name of Marie Holmes, but since McDow had handled the weapon, the charges were added.

According to WWAY, Danell McNeil, 31, and Damarius Simmons, 21, also were cited for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. According to Vice, a fourth man, Jeffrey Antuan Gause, was charged with resisting a public officer.

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