By Michael R. Moser
A Cumberland County woman is facing charges relating to possessing methamphetamine and exposing her four young children to the illegal drug two days in a row, and the investigation has spread to include the Department of Children's Services.
Rose Mary Martin, 29, 3967 Potato Farm Rd., faces two charges of manufacture, delivery or sale of methamphetamine and four counts of child abuse/neglect, according to arrest reports.
Deputy Dustin Hensley was on routine patrol last Friday around 6 p.m. when he observe a black Ford Explorer traveling in the area of Hwy. 127 N at Bowman Loop with one headlight out.
He stopped the vehicle and made contact with Martin, who was accompanied by her four small children, ages 7 to 10.
The resulting search of the vehicle yielded a small plastic bag containing a white substance and weighing 1.8 grams that deputies identified as methamphetamine. Martin was taken into custody and charged with endangering the children and with possession the meth and was placed under $43,000 bond.
The next day around 2:30 p.m. a DCS worker, accompanied by Deputy Chuck Hennessee, went to Martin's Potato Farm Rd. home to do a welfare check on the four children. No one was home and Martin was still incarcerated, unable to make bond.
When trying to make contact with someone at the address, Hennessee walked to the side of the house to a camper and knocked on the door. Wind blew the door open and he observed on a counter in the camper a CD case with a white powdery substance inside.
Sgt. Jason Elmore, Cpl. Jeff Turner and Investigator Jeff Slayton were dispatched to the scene and a search warrant executed. As a result of the search, numerous items relating to methamphetamine, including two small plastic bags, were seized.
A new charge of possession of methamphetamine for resale was filed with a $20,000 bond set in that case.
A second warrant was issued but not served in connection with the second incident.
Martin is to appear in Cumberland County General Sessions Court on March 25 to answer the charges.