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Originally published: 2014-06-17 10:35:02
Last modified: 2014-06-17 11:21:45

WCSO: 93 marijuana plants seized after Deep Gap bust

by Staff Reports

A man from Fleetwood was arrested on June 10 after Narcotics Detectives from the Watauga County Sheriff's Office executed a search warrant on a suspected marijuana growing operation.  


Detectives conducted the investigation after information was received of large amounts of marijuana being cultivated in Deep Gap according to a release sent out by the Watauga County Sheriff Len Hagaman.


Detectives executed the search warrant on the property of 270 Joe Greer Road in Deep Gap, which was a large factory building.  


Half of the factory was used as a business; the other half was used to allegedly cultivate marijuana according to the release.


Detectives seized a total of 93 marijuana plants from the indoor grow operation. 


Thirty-two of the marijuana plants were fully mature and ready for harvest, 61 marijuana plants varied at different stages of growth ranging from 3 inches to 4 feet according to the Sheriff's office.


The marijuana was cultivated through a sophisticated system using grow lamps, ballasts to regulate the power, timers to control the amount of heat the plants were using, fans to circulate the air, and air filters to mask the smell of the plants. 


The seized Marijuana plants had a total weight of 31 lbs according to the release.


According to the release, a fully mature marijuana plant can produce anywhere from 1/2 lbs. to 1 lb. of actual Marijuana bud. 


With a total of 93 plants, this grow could have potentially yielded approximately 46 to 93 lbs. of marijuana, according to the release.


A typical pound of marijuana is sold for $4,500, which means that the seized plants could have potentially made $207,000 - $418,500, according to the Sheriff's office.


Abrham Shockey, 58, of 2316 Cranberry Springs Road, Fleetwood, was charged with trafficking in marijuana by manufacture, trafficking in marijuana by possession, manufacture marijuana, possession with intent to manufacture, sell and distribute marijuana, maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.  


 Shockey was held at the Watauga County Detention Center in lieu of a $10,000 secured bond.  He is scheduled to appear in court on July 30. 


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