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Charlotte man faces drug charges after plant spotted inside home

A Charlotte man is accused of several drug crimes after authorities allegedly discovered a marijuana plant sitting close to a window at the man's home. Authorities were at the home attempting to serve a civil warrant when they noticed the plant. The man is now facing several drug charges in the case.

No one came to the door when they arrived to serve the warrant. A deputy looked inside of the home and noticed a plant placed by the window apparently to receive sunlight. Narcotics officers were contacted and the home was searched.

Law enforcement claims to have not only discovered the marijuana plant, but also seven ounces of marijuana estimated to be worth about $600. The man is now facing several drug charges including possession of a controlled substance, manufacturing a controlled substance, maintaining a dwelling or vehicle for a controlled substance and also possession of drug paraphernalia. He was able to post bond and has since been released from jail.

A conviction on drug charges in Charlotte can net someone a lengthy jail sentence. In this case, it is not clear on whether the man accused was at home during the time of the search, raising interesting questions about whether authorities properly executed the search. In addition, there was no report of whether others reside at the address, or how police determined that the items they confiscated even belonged to the man. This young man would do well to ensure he understands the significance of the charges against him and the potential punishment a conviction could bring. Such will help him as he fights the charges leveled against him.

Source: Charlotteobserver.com, "Deputy serving warrant sees pot plant by window," Meghan Cooke, Sept. 15, 2012

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