KERNERSVILLE, N.C.-- An anonymous 'tip' to the Kernersville Police Department Friday, May 2 led police to a warehouse containing an estimated $1.3 to $6.5 million-worth of marijuana.
During a news conference Thursday morning, Kernersville police chief Scott Cunningham explained the tip was "general" and did not include a specific location of the warehouse. But, using its existing knowledge of the city, the Kernersville Police Department's narcotics unit was able to locate and obtain a search warrant for the warehouse.
Kernersville Police, the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office, the NC Alcohol Law Enforcement and two canine units executed a search of the warehouse, which Cunningham described as no larger than 30 to 40-feet wide and 70-feet deep. Cunningham could not disclose the specific location of the building, as the investigation is ongoing.
Cuningham said within the building, law enforcement agencies found 30 pallets of "commercial products" and 2,593 bricks of marijuana. Each brick weighed approximately 1.1 pounds (a ton and a half total) and generated a total estimated street value of $1.3 to $6.5 million. Cunningham could not disclose details of the "commercial products" in the warehouse but said police found no drugs besides marijuana. Officers were able to complete the seizure within seven hours.
Cunningham said because of the ongoing investigation, he could not disclose specific details of suspects. He did say no arrests have been made in the case, but he is confident those responsible will be held accountable.
Cunningham said, "We believe our community is safer today because of this seizure." He said seizing this amount of marijuana could disrupt an East Coast operation. He said, however, he does not believe the marijuana was intended to be distributed beyond a 200-mile radius.
"This will have an impact. Think about it. No matter how you value it, anywhere from a million to six and a half million dollars was taken out of the system. A ton and a half of marijuana was taken out. Yeah, there's a lot out there. Somebody's hurting over this," he said.
After the investigation is complete, Cunningham said police will burn the supply of marijuana using most likely a trash incinerator. He said selling the marijuana to a state in which marijuana is legal, like Colorado, is not plausible, as selling drugs does not comply with the Kernersville Police Department's mission.