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Top row, from left: Jacob Dew, Mitchell Durant, Dennis Ferrell. Bottom row, from left: Olivia Lafosse, Rachel Tilghman. Photos provided by the Watauga County Sheriff's Office.

Originally published: 2012-02-02 16:02:42
Last modified: 2012-02-02 16:10:55

Pot, LSD bust leads to charges

Five young adults were arrested last week on a slew of drug charges after officers found more than 18 pounds of marijuana and about 100 doses of LSD at a Boone residence, according to reports released Tuesday.

The estimated street value of the marijuana was $115,200, while the LSD was worth about $400, said Capt. Al Reed of the Watauga County Sheriff's Office.

The incident started with an ordinary traffic stop, which led officers to believe that more drugs might be inside a residence at 3478 Old U.S. 421 South in Boone.

Officers made five arrests Jan. 23 stemming from the investigation:

Jacob Aaron Dew, 19, Mitchell Alexander Durant, 20, and Dennis Ferrell, 19, were each charged with 10 felony counts: manufacturing marijuana, conspiracy to manufacture marijuana, maintaining a dwelling for controlled substances, possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana (two counts), trafficking in marijuana, trafficking in LSD, conspiracy to traffic in LSD, conspiracy to traffic in marijuana and possession of LSD, according to arrest reports.

They also were charged with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia, the reports state.

Dew and Ferrell were issued $40,000 secured bonds, while Durant's bond was not listed.

Olivia Lafosse, 18, and Rachel Tilghman, 18, were charged with felony possession of marijuana, felony acting in concert and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia, according to reports. Each was issued a $4,000 secured bond.

According to reports, a shotgun was found during the search, but Reed said there was no violence during the investigation.

Reed said the investigation is continuing and more arrests are expected.