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Baldwin Pot Growing Operation Busted PDF Print
Written by Steve Frank   
Friday, 16 July 2010 06:28

An Ashe County residence was searched Tuesday, leading to the arrest of a Boone man.  The Ashe release says a search warrant was executed by local and state authorities at a Baldwin residence and lead to the arrest and recovery of almost one hundred marijuana plants. Arrested is 24-year-old Kyle Wesley Wood, charged with maintaining a dwelling for the purpose of manufacturing marijuana and possession with intent to sell/deliver marijuana and manufacturing a Scheduled VI controlled substance.   Ashe County Sheriff James Williams told the Jefferson Post that a joint operation by the Ashe County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division, county detectives, and a State Bureau of Investigation agent searched an uninhabited residence at 218 Hillside Drive and discovered a large scale marijuana growing operation that produced a variety of what he called  “high grade, high quality marijuana.”  The sheriff estimated that the one hundred plants that were recovered at the scene would have a street value of over $30,000 and possibly as high $50,000.  He told the Post, “It was a pretty high-tech hydroponic growing operation that could have been going on for the last two or three years,” Williams said. He also said that authorities believe that the residence was used for the sole purpose of manufacturing marijuana due to the un-kept condition of the home.  In addition to the recovery of the plants, authorities also seized the equipment that used in the production of the plants, Williams said.  Wood is currently in custody at the Ashe County Jail under a $22,000 secured bond. He made his first appearance in Ashe County District Court on Thursday.

  
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