Police in North Carolina recently arrested a man who was allegedly operating an illegal marijuana growing operation. He is facing a number of criminal charges, including allegations of possessing drug paraphernalia, manufacturing marijuana, and manufacturing controlled substances within 1,000 feet of a school. He is also charged with assault with a deadly weapon related to a brief car chase. A judge set his bond at $200,000.

After receiving an anonymous tip that a 42-year-old man was running a marijuana grow operation, police obtained a search warrant that they went to serve on Aug. 21, 2020. Before they could execute the warrant, the man was reportedly spotted leaving his house and getting into a vehicle. He supposedly hit a patrol vehicle when authorities tried to detain him. Allegedly, the man then led police on a vehicle chase before he crashed his vehicle, and he was arrested.

Police also executed the search warrant at his residence and say they found what they described as an extensive grow operation. They claim to have seized nearly 150 marijuana seedlings, plants and drug paraphernalia, although they did not specify what type of paraphernalia was found. Authorities also served an outstanding warrant for unrelated charges.

Drug crimes are treated seriously in North Carolina, so it is important for accused individuals to understand just how much is on the line. A conviction can mean steep fines, time in jail and other legal or personal consequences. Rather than leave things up to chance, it is usually advisable for a defendant facing these types of criminal charges to reach out to an experienced attorney.