Powerball winner cited for marijuana possession

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Picture from left to right are financial adviser Dexter Perry, Powerball jackpot winner Marie Holmes, N.C. Education Lottery executive director Alice Garland, and attorney Charles Francis.
Picture from left to right are financial adviser Dexter Perry, Powerball jackpot winner Marie Holmes, N.C. Education Lottery executive director Alice Garland, and attorney Charles Francis. Photo courtesy N.C. Education Lottery.

A Shallotte woman who won a $188 million Powerball prize in February was cited for possession of marijuana after her boyfriend was arrested at her home.

Fontella Marie Holmes, 26, was cited after detectives executed a search warrant at a home on Boverie Street in Shallotte at about 10 p.m. Thursday, according to Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Spokeswoman Emily Flax.

Detectives went to the Boverie Street home to arrest 31-year-old Lamar Andre McDow, who was charged with violating the terms of his pre-trial release. While at the residence, detectives noticed a strong odor of marijuana and searched the home.

Detectives reportedly found marijuana, marijuana paraphernalia and a .45-caliber pistol in the home, Flax said. Several children were at the home at the time of the search, she added.

McDow—who is a known gang member in Brunswick County—was arrested in November 2014 on multiple drug charges, including trafficking heroin and conspire to traffic heroin, according to Flax. He faced an additional charge of trafficking heroin from a July 2014 incident in which detectives seized more than 8,000 bags of heroin.

The sheriff’s office was alerted that McDow violated his pre-trial release when he was not home at a 7:30 p.m. curfew time, Flax said. McDow has been monitored by an electronic device since his pre-trial release. He was released Feb. 27 from the Brunswick County jail after posting a $3 million secured bond.

Holmes was cited Thursday along with 21-year-old Damarius Dontrell Simmons and 31-year-old Danell Lamont McNeil, all of the Boverie Street, Flax said. They were each cited for possession of marijuana and possession of marijuana paraphernalia.

According to the citation, Holmes is charged with possessing a half ounce or less of marijuana.

Lamar McDow
Lamar McDow

Jeffrey Antuan Gause, 23, of Shallotte, was also charged with resisting a public officer in the incident. He was booked and later released from the the Brunswick County jail under a $1,000 bond.

In addition to violating his pre-trial release, McDow was charged with possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana paraphernalia and possession of a firearm by a felon. According to the N.C. Department of Corrections, he has been convicted of three felonies, including possession of a schedule II controlled substance and possession with intent to sell a schedule II controlled substance.

McDow is being held at the Brunswick County jail under a $6 million secured bond.