93 Pot Plants Seized From Warehouse In Watauga Co.

DEEP GAP, N.C. -- Narcotics officers in Watauga County made a big pot bust at a warehouse in Deep Gap.

The Watauga County Sheriff's Office says they executed a search warrant at a warehouse in the 200 block of Joe Greer Road last Tuesday on a suspected marijuana growing operation.

Detectives say half of the warehouse was used as a business, while the other half was used to cultivate marijuana.

Investigators seized a total of 93 plants from the location, as well as equipment used in the "sophisticated system".

Authorities say the 93 plants had a potential of yielding up to 93 pounds of weed, with a street value of up to $418,000.

Abraham Shaki, 58, of Fleetwood, was charged with trafficking in marijuana by manufacture, trafficking in marijuana by possession, manufacture marijuana, possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver, maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Shaki was booked in to the Watauga County Detention Center in lieu of a $10,000 bond, according to the Sheriff's Office.


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