Deputies bust marijuana growing operation

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Nash County deputies discovered this marijuana growing operation Monday while searching an Elm City home.

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From Staff Reports

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Two Nash County residents were arrested Monday on drug, weapons and alcohol charges after Nash County deputies received information about a possible drug-selling operation.

Deputies responded Monday to a house on the 7000 block of Riverpoint Road in Elm City to speak to the home’s owners, acting on the information they received, according to a news release from the Nash County Sheriff’s Office. It stated while they were at the house, the deputies sensed the odor of marijuana coming from inside the house and were given consent by the homeowners to enter.

According to the release, when deputies found a small amount of marijuana, that verbal consent was revoked, leading the deputies to apply for a search warrant on the basis of probable cause. The warrant was granted by a judicial official, leading to a search of the home.

The deputies’ search uncovered an indoor marijuana growing operation that included lights, heat lamps and other equipment. The search also uncovered an indoor moonshine distillery and weapons, leading N.C. Alcohol Law Enforcement officers to join the investigation.

Deputies arrested Anthony Wayne King, 53, and Terry Lynn King, 52, and charged them with possession with intent to manufacture/sell/deliver a schedule VI controlled substance, maintain a vehicle/dwelling/place for a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, felony possession of marijuana and manufacture of a liquor with no permit.

Anthony King also was charged with possession of a weapon of mass destruction, altering or removing a gun serial number and possession of a firearm by a felon. He was jailed under a $25,500 bond in the Nash County Detention Center. Terry Lynn King was jailed under a $10,500 bond in the center.

Both suspects made their first court appearances on the charges Tuesday in N.C. District Court in Nashville.