Salisbury officer accused of using fire hydrant to grow marijuana

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SALISBURY, N.C. — A police officer at the Veterans Administration hospital was charged with manufacturing marijuana, according to a press release.

The Rowan County Sheriff’s Office arrested Thomas Daniel Gaskins, 33, on Tuesday.

The warrants say that between Friday and Monday, Gaskins grew 11 marijuana plants in a wooded area, using water from a town fire hydrant.

In the following arrest, the Sheriff’s Office Special Investigations Unit went to Gaskins home and he provided consent to search the residence and surrendered a small quantity of marijuana.

During the search of the garage, investigators discovered evidence that a closet had been made into a grow room, with a ventilation system.

No growing marijuana was found in this room and there was no evidence that it had been used previously.

Gaskins will be charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana for the drug found in his residence and his bond is set at $10,000.

Gaskins is employed as a police officer at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Salisbury and was previously a deputy with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office in North Carolina.