Deputies spotted a marijuana plant at a southwestern Lincoln County residence during a visit to serve a civil warrant, the Sheriff’s Office said.
While attempting to serve the legal document at a home on the 800 block of Old Lincolnton Crouse Road, Deputy Dennis Long looked through a window and located the plant, according to a press release.
The deputy peered into the home after no one came to the door, the release said.
Immediately following the discovery of the illegal substance, Long notified the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Narcotics Division, who sent an officer to the home.
The officer said the plant had been moved when he arrived on site, according to the release.
The officer later returned to the home with a search warrant and located the plant inside the residence along with seven ounces of the drug, worth $600.
Deputies charged the home’s 22-year-old resident, Michael Alan Chapman, with one felony count each of possession with intent to manufacture a schedule VI controlled substance, manufacturing a schedule VI controlled substance and maintaining a dwelling or vehicle for a controlled substance. He also faces one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
The suspect has since been released from the Lincoln County jail on a $15,000 secured bond.