SUMMERFIELD, N.C. — On the quiet, tree lined neighborhood of Spring Lake Farms in Summerfield, sheriffs deputies say they found an elaborate marijuana-growing lab in the basement of a big brick house.
“You could drive by the house all day long and never suspect any illegal activity,” said Rockingham County Sheriff Sam Page.
The house, located at 271 Spring Creek Road in Summerfield, had 105 marijuana plants growing in the basement, according to investigators. The plants have a estimated street value of $157,500. Page wouldn’t say how his drug investigators found out about the basement operation, citing an ongoing operation.
On Tuesday, deputies arrested Steven Michael Miller, and charged him with maintaining a dwelling to manufacture marijuana and manufacturing of marijuana. Jennifer Miller, Steven’s wife, was arrested on Wednesday and charged her with maintaining a dwelling to manufacture marijuana. All the charges are felonies.
Evidence pictures from the sheriff’s office show a sophisticated setup. Sheriff Page says the operation was hidden from view.
“I understand there was some type of closet you go into, ladder system and go into the basement area and there was an elaborate grow set up right here,” he said.
Sheriff Page says the North Carolina Department of Revenue seized a lot of the Millers’ property Tuesday to satisfy a drug tax of $124, 862.
“They had seized some vehicles, some personal items, flat screens, four wheelers, trailers, several items used to satisfy this drug tax assessment.”
A couple people who lives in homes nearby said the Millers are excellent neighbors. A man at the Millers home declined to comment.