Caldwell County sheriffs investigators raided a home on Conway Drive in Granite Falls Wednesday morning and seized 34 high-grade marijuana plants valued at $85,000, Sheriff Alan Jones said.
Investigators charged Jason Cy Lewis, 40, with one count each of manufacturing marijuana, possession of a firearm by a felon and maintaining a dwelling to keep/store a controlled substance, all felonies.
Lewis was jailed under a $100,000 secured bond. His first appearance in Caldwell County District Court in Lenoir is scheduled for Thursday.
Sheriffs narcotic agents investigated Lewis for about two months before executing a search warrant on his home, Jones said. Lewis wasnt home at the time but later returned as officers continued the search. He was arrested without incident, Jones said.
Agents also seized thousands of dollars worth of grow lights, ballasts, humidifiers, timers, chemicals, propagation trays, a digital weighing scale and other cultivating equipment and materials.
Agents discovered two grow rooms, and the system was vented outside through the roof and into the basement, Jones said.
This was one of the most elaborate indoor marijuana grow operations we have seen, Jones said in announcing the arrest. This was a professional operation capable of producing pounds of high-grade marijuana.
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