NC deputies find $500 million worth of opium poppy plants

News
This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

[protected-iframe id=”7a5a92e42ad002000effcb5059f7d903-28572344-105633172″ info=”http://w3.cdn.anvato.net/player/prod/v3/anvload.html?key=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″ width=”640″ height=”360″ frameborder=”0″ scrolling=”no” webkitallowfullscreen=”” mozallowfullscreen=”” allowfullscreen=””]

CATAWBA COUNTY, N.C. — North Carolina deputies executed a search warrant Tuesday morning at a large poppy plant operation in Catawba County, WSOC reports.

Poppy plants are used to create opium, which is used to make drugs such as heroin. In North Carolina, it is illegal to grow them.

Cody Xiong was arrested and charged with manufacture and trafficking by possession, WBTV reports.

Around 10 deputies and SBI agents wore protective clothing to pull hundreds of plants out of the ground at the home.

The plants are expected to be worth around $500 million.

Deputies say they have never had an opium bust in Catawba County.

Copyright 2022 Nexstar Media Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

MOST POPULAR

get the app

My FOX8 News App

Follow FOX8 on Twitter