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North Carolina man accused of growing marijuana

A man accused of growing marijuana outside his North Carolina home is now facing drug charges. At the time of a local news report, the 42-year-old from Rhodhiss had not yet been arrested, but Caldwell County authorities indicated that he is likely to be accused of several offenses pending a grand jury indictment. Police claim they were tipped off about illegal activity going on at the man's home.

Detectives say they visited the house and saw marijuana plants in buckets outside the residence. The police also claim the suspect, while he was at work, gave investigators permission to enter his home.

After entering the residence, the police say they found packaged marijuana, scales, cash and drug paraphernalia.

As with many drug charges filed in the Charlotte area, a bone of contention for the defense may be the supposed legality of the search and seizure. In his own defense, the suspect in this case may challenge the claim that he gave permission to authorities to search his home.

Additionally, it is not clear from a report exactly who tipped off authorities to the alleged drug activity. The reliability of such a tipster could come into question.

North Carolina residents should know that drug charges are taken seriously in our state. Penalties for a conviction could include fines, jail time, probation and treatment for drug dependency. But a conviction is not a sure thing, no matter the severity of the charges. Police officers have to follow certain procedures when making an arrest or conducting a search and seizure. The failure of police to adhere to proper procedure could prove beneficial to a strong criminal defense.

Source: Charlotte Observer, "Caldwell man faces drug charges," May 24, 2012

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