A traffic stop prompted by a burned-out headlight led to a Durham County assistant district attorney being charged with marijuana possession on Feb. 9.
As a result, she is out of a job.
Ariston Cassandra Ann Bailey, 27, was charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana after a traffic stop in Hillsborough on Feb. 9. Bailey was stopped on Churton Street for having a headlight out and not wearing a seatbelt, said Orange County Chief Deputy Jamie Sykes.
A subsequent search of Bailey’s vehicle resulted in deputies finding marijuana and drug paraphernalia. The search was initiated after the deputy making the stop detected “an immediate and apparent odor of marijuana,” Sykes said.
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An Orange County deputy issued Bailey a citation for possession of a half ounce or less of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to the incident report.
“The driver was cited for a small amount of marijuana and paraphernalia and released,” an incident report stated. The report described the amount of marijuana as two grams.
Bailey’s home address is in Hillsborough, according to the citation.
Bailey had worked for the Durham County District Attorney’s Office from Feb. 27, 2017-Feb. 13, 2018, according to employment records from the N.C. Administrative Office of the Courts. Her salary was $45,000 per year. She attended Campbell law school from 2012-15, according to her LinkedIn profile.
Bailey is the third person connected with Durham County law enforcement since Jan. 29 to face charges. Two Durham County deputies were charged with driving while impaired in the last two weeks.