Sheriff's Office makes plea for civility following mugshot wisecracks

Orlando Lopez (Courtesy Robeson County Sheriff's Office)

ROBESON COUNTY, N.C. — A Florida man arrested in North Carolina Friday on drug trafficking charges had his mugshot go viral, though not for a reason the arresting agency was happy about.

Orlando Lopez, 43, was arrested Friday night along I-95 by Robeson County Deputy following a traffic stop. He was found to have 98 grams of cocaine and 35 grams of methamphetamine inside the vehicle.

He was booked on a variety of drug trafficking charges and was given a $250,000 bond.

However, on the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page, the agency added some notes to the official details of the arrest. Specifically, they called out posters for making fun of the man’s head deformity, posting:

Media Release Saturday, June 29, 2019 On Friday, June 28, 2019 around 9:00 pm Robeson County Sheriff’s Office...

Posted by Robeson County Sheriff's Office on Saturday, 29 June 2019

“Even though this individual has been charged for committing a crime, he is still someone’s child/family member. It is obvious that he has suffered some type of injury. Please refrain from making jokes/negative comments. Have a blessed day.”

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