COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WECT) – Narcotic detectives in Columbus County found dozens of marijuana plants growing inside a residence in Whiteville.
According to officials, the preliminary weight of the plants was about 30 pounds.
Detectives found 57 plants in pots inside the home located in the Pleasant Hill Community. During the investigation, officials also came across a number of items used in the growing process, including lights, fertilizer and miracle grow potting soil.
The sheriff's office said this investigation stemmed from a citizen complaint.
Daniel Donald Battista was charged with:
- trafficking marijuana by manufacturing
- trafficking marijuana by possession
- maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance
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