North Carolina

More than 500 pot plants, some 15 feet tall, seized in North Carolina, sheriff says

Deputies and the North Carolina National Guard found 540 marijuana plants in Robeson County on Tuesday, the sheriff’s office said.

The operation, with the National Guard’s Counter Narcotics Air Wing Unit, seized the plants, which were between 4 feet and 15 feet, the sheriff’s office said.

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Robeson County deputies and the National Guard seized 540 pot plants in southeastern North Carolina. Robeson County Sheriff's Department

Deputies are still investigating the properties where they found the pot and say “future arrests are expected,” according to a press release shared by the sheriff on Facebook.

“At full maturity these plants were capable of producing roughly $1,000,000 in marijuana,” the release said.

“These operations are routinely conducted across the state between local and state law enforcement agencies and in coordination with the NC National Guard,” the sheriff’s office said.

“Operations such as this will have a huge impact on those trying to profit from the illegal drug trade. This is only the beginning as we expect to make arrest soon,” Sheriff Burnis Wilkins said in the release,

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Charles Duncan covers what’s happening right now across North and South Carolina, from breaking news to fun or interesting stories from across the region. He holds degrees from N.C. State University and Duke and lives two blocks from the ocean in Myrtle Beach.