Two charged after ‘elaborate’ marijuana grow operation found in Rowan County

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Terri Ball, Daniel Peele

ROWAN COUNTY, N.C. — Two people were charged after police say they found an elaborate marijuana grow operation in a house in East Spencer Tuesday.

A police officer was on Patrol Tuesday when he detected the strong odor of marijuana coming from 428 Division Avenue.

The officer went to the house and after smelling marijuana again, he asked Terri Jean Ball, 37, consent to search the house.

After a security sweep of the property was conducted, a search warrant was obtained and officers discovered an elaborate marijuana growing operation, which was located in two bedrooms and one bedroom closet.

The growing operation was partially contained in two grow chambers complete with high intensity lighting, air conditioning, dehumidifier and a charcoal filter to mask the odor of the marijuana.

A total of around 20 marijuana plants, weighing 11.5 pounds were confiscated.

Ball and Daniel Keith Peele, 37, were both charged with trafficking marijuana, manufacturing marijuana, possess with intent to manufacture/sell/deliver marijuana, felonious maintaining a dwelling, and possession of drug paraphernalia .

Their bond was set at $100,000 for each defendant.

Peele has a previous conviction in Gaston County, North Carolina, in 2000 for felony possession of marijuana.

The Rowan County Sheriff’s Office offers rewards for information leading to arrest and conviction of individuals growing marijuana.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office at (704) 216-8700.

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