Raymond McLaughlin and Jacqueline McLaughlin (Source: Brunswick County Jail)
LELAND, NC (WECT) -
A couple from New York who were arrested during a traffic stop in Leland and charged with trafficking opium are facing more charges.
According to the Leland Police Department, Raymond McLaughlin, 44, and Jacqueline McLaughlin, 45, have outstanding warrants in New York.
The pair was pulled over on Fairview Road just after 1:30 a.m. Saturday for several traffic violations. They told police they were heading to the beach for their honeymoon.
Police say that the driver, Raymond McLauhglin, appeared to be impaired during the traffic stop. Officers also noticed several pill bottles and various cleaning supplies in the floorboard of the backset.
During the stop, officers discovered that Jacqueline McLaughlin had an active domestic violence protection order issued against Raymond McLaughlin.
Officers asked for permission to search the vehicle and found several bottles of prescription pills, Xanax pills wrapped in aluminum foil, and items consistent with the tools and ingredients of a mobile meth lab.
Police continued searching the vehicle and found over 200 grams of Schedule II narcotics consisting of morphine, oxycodone, hydrocodone, and methadone. In addition, more than $21,000 in cash was recovered.
Police arrested and charged Raymond McLaughlin with trafficking opium, possession with intent to manufacture, sell and/or deliver a schedule II controlled substance, maintaining a vehicle for controlled substance, and violation of a domestic violence protection order, and driving while impaired.
Jacqueline McLaughlin was charged with trafficking opium, and PWIMSD a schedule II controlled substance.
According to Officer Brown of the Montgomery Police Department in New York, Raymond McLaughlin was also charged with first degree rape and sexual assault. Jacqueline McLaughlin was also charged with sexual assault.