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Vilas Pot House Bust PDF Print
Written by Steve Frank   
Friday, 04 May 2012 13:58

Tuesday, May 1st, a joint operation of the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Division and Boone Narcotics brought to a head over a year's investigation, netting about 35 lbs of marijuana seized.  The search warrant obtained was the culmination of a one year investigation which began in early 2011.  Detectives seized 35 marijuana plants found at different stages of the manufacturing process, ranging from 2 to 6 feet in height at the residence at 1221 Stone Mountain Road, Vilas. The residence was considered to be a “grow house;” having the sole purpose of manufacturing marijuana. Because of the hazardous conditions due to the mold from the marijuana growing, detectives treated the grow operation as a meth lab, working to dismantle the grow using Self Contained Breathing Apparatus units.  A second search warrant was executed on 2145 Stone Mountain Road, the primary residence of Shannon Townsend and Alani Delrios.  During the execution of the search warrant, detectives seized approximately 2 lbs of marijuana and $20,100 in cash.  Shannon Lee Townsend and Alani Heather Delrios were charged with Trafficking in Marijuana by Manufacture, Trafficking in Marijuana by Possession, felonious Maintaining a Dwelling CS, Manufacture Marijuana, Possession With Intent to Sell and Deliver Marijuana, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Del Rios was arrested and placed under a $25, 000 secured bond.  Townsend has not yet been taken into custody.
Michael Biven, Thomas Joseph Murphy and Scott Edward Townsend were charged with Trafficking in Marijuana by Manufacture, Trafficking in Marijuana by Possession, felony Maintaining a Dwelling Controlled Substance, and Manufacture Marijuana. All three individuals were placed under a $25,000 secured bond.  The investigation is ongoing and more arrests are expected.

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