56-year-old NC man arrested for having $62,000 in marijuana plants

CARTHAGE, N.C.  – A 56-year-old man faces a felony charge after Moore County deputies found multiple marijuana grow sites with plants worth more than $62,000, the sheriff’s office said.

Michael Dennis Stamets, 56, of Franklinville, was arrested again Tuesday after being arrested in September for drug-related offenses, the Moore County Sheriff’s Office said.

On Sept. 27, deputies searched property near the corner of U.S. Highway 1 and Grant Road in Lakeview.

Deputies located and seized 1,739 grams (3.8 pounds) of marijuana, assorted growing materials used to grow and cultivate marijuana and assorted drug paraphernalia from an outbuilding an tent on that property.

Deputies later searched properties on Carthage Road near West End where 63 marijuana plants were found. The plants weighed 10,443 grams (23 pounds), the sheriff’s office said.

The street value of the marijuana seized was $62,658.

Stamets was charged with manufacturing marijuana, possession with the intent to sell and deliver marijuana and felony possession of marijuana, the sheriff’s office said.

He received a $50,000 unsecured bond.

Stamets is scheduled to appear in court Nov. 22.