A helicopter search by the National Guard for drug operations led to the arrest of two men who allegedly hung a 7-foot marijuana plant from their back porch in Vale.
The single plant allegedly contained 13 pounds of marijuana and was four inches at its base, according to authorities.
Narcotics officers with the Lincoln County Sheriffâ€™s Department arrested Fred Thomas Scronce Jr., 46, and Daniel Locan Scronce on Sept. 19 in Vale. Both were charged with one count each of felony manufacturing marijuana and released on a written promise to appear in court.
The Sheriffâ€™s Department also arrested four other individuals on separate drug charges.
Colby Ray Williams, 23, Lincolnton, was charged with one count of possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana, selling marijuana and maintaining a dwelling for the sale and storage of a controlled substance. He is held on a $6,000 bond.
Joshua Allen Henderson, 20, Lincolnton was charged with two counts of possession with intent to sell or distribute marijuana, and selling marijuana. He is being held on a $6,000 bond.
Amber Elizabeth Self, 18, Lincolnton, was charged with two counts of possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana and selling marijuana. She is held on a $6,000.
Franklin Luther Beam III, 51, was charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver methamphetamine, selling methamphetamine, and maintaining a dwelling for the sale and storage of a controlled substance. He was also charged with two counts each of possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine and selling cocaine. He is being held on $20,300 bond.
Not connected to the arrests, narcotics investigators are also looking for Walter Thomas Renderer, 26, Lincolnton, Gina Leatherman Gantt, 44, Vale and Jimmy Leonard Ward, 32.
Anyone who knows of their whereabouts are encouraged to contact the Lincoln County Sheriffâ€™s Office at (704) 732-9050 or the Lincoln County Communications Center, (704) 732-8202 or the Crime and Drug Tip Line at (704) 736-8606.
by Olin Ericksen