Nearly $9 million worth of marijuana plants found in Stokes County

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LAWSONVILLE, N.C. — Two Stokes County residents are facing marijuana trafficking charges after police located what they described as a “grow operation” with nearly $9 million worth of marijuana plants growing behind a Lawsonville home.

Aurelio Garcia Penaloza, 43, and Alberto Ramirez Garcia, 30, both of 3113 Snow Hill Church Road, were arrested Wednesday on charges of trafficking by possession and conspiring to traffic marijuana.

The Narcotics Unit of the Stokes County Sheriff’s Office made the arrests after executing a search warrant and discovering more than 3,700 marijuana plants growing behind the home, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

The plants have a street value of $8.95 million, according to a Stokes County Sheriff’s Office press release. Officers also searched the house and found processed marijuana and three guns.

Penaloza and Garcia are being held on $250,000 bonds.
Nearly $9 million worth of marijuana plants found in Stokes County

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