152 pounds of marijuana found at Sophia home; 3 arrested

Mugshots, left to right: Arthur Dale Loflin, Thea Gail Malicoat and Christopher Oliver Moore

Mugshots, left to right: Arthur Dale Loflin, Thea Gail Malicoat and Christopher Oliver Moore

SOPHIA, N.C. — Deputies say three people were arrested after more than 150 pounds of marijuana were found at a Randolph County home.

Deputies with the Randolph Count Sheriff’s Office say Arthur Dale Loflin, 56, Thea Gail Malicoat, 54, and Christopher Oliver Moore, 39, were arrested Monday after an estimated 152 pounds of marijuana was found during a search of a home at 3664 Beckerdite Road.

Deputies say 28 marijuana plants were growing in a field near the home. Two more plants were found inside an outbuilding. Inside the home, deputies say they found processed marijuana, drug paraphernalia and a firearm with ammunition.

The total weight of the plants and the processed marijuana was estimated at 152 pounds.

Deputies estimated the street value of the marijuana was $121,600.

Loflin and Malicoat are both charged with two counts of trafficking in marijuana, conspire to traffic in marijuana, maintaining a vehicle/dwelling/place for a controlled substance, two counts of simple possession of a schedule IV substance, simple possession of a schedule II substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession/selling/buying an altered gun serial number and possession of a firearm by a felon.

Moore is charged with two counts of trafficking in marijuana, conspire to traffic in marijuana, maintaining a vehicle/dwelling/place for a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

All three suspects were jailed under $50,000 secured bonds.

No other details about the investigation were provided.

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