Pot growing operation in Watauga Co. busted, 93 plants seized

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WATAUGA COUNTY, N.C. — Detectives arrested a man in connection with running a marijuana growing operation last Tuesday.

According to the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office, a search warrant was executed at a large factory building in the 200 block of Joe Greer Road in Deep Gap. A total of 93 marijuana plants, weighing 31 pounds, were discovered.

The seized plants could have made an estimated $207,000 to $418,500.

As a result of the investigation, Abrham Shaki, 58, of Fleetwood, was arrested and charged with trafficking in marijuana by manufacture, trafficking in marijuana by possession, manufacture marijuana, possession of marijuana with intent to manufacture/sell/deliver, maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Shaki was taken to the Watauga County Detention Facility in lieu of a $10,000 bond.  He is scheduled to appear in court on July 30.



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