Deputies: 230 marijuana plants found in Lexington man’s home

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John James Fernez Jr. (Mugshot courtesy, Davidson County Sheriff's Office)

LEXINGTON, N.C. — A Lexington man was arrested after deputies say they found 230 marijuana plants growing inside his home. 

In a news release, deputies said the discovery was made on Wednesday after they responded to reports of a domestic dispute at 322 Reedy Creek Court. 

During the investigation, deputies said they found 230 marijuana plants and grow equipment in the lower level of the home. 

Deputies said the plants weighed approximately 30 lbs. with an estimated street value of $345,000. They ranged in size from 3″ to 4′ tall. 

John James Fernez Jr., 45, was arrested following the discovery. 

The suspect is charged with trafficking marijuana by manufacture, possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia. 

He was jailed in Davidson County under a $50,000 secured bond. 

No other details were provided.