A call to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Drug Tip Line resulted in the arrest Tuesday morning of a Stanley man accused of operating an indoor grow operation with hydroponic marijuana, deputies said.
Narcotics investigators first responded to a southeastern county apartment on Dartwood Lane to initiate a search warrant, the Sheriff’s Office said.
While investigating the residence, deputies stumbled upon an extensive grow operation including two marijuana plants in a back bedroom, according to an agency press release.
Officers later arrested resident Carlton John Williams, 30, for harboring the illegal plants.
Deputies classified the drug variety as hydroponic, a type of marijuana grown in water rather than soil.
In addition to the plants, narcotics officers said they seized buckets, water pumps, grow lights and other various chemical and nutrients used for growing the drug.
Williams has since been released on a $10,000 unsecured bond but faces felony charges for manufacturing a schedule VI controlled substance and maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance.
Investigators praised the caller’s efforts who contacted them through the county tip line about Williams.
Anyone with information on area drug or other criminal activity is asked to contact (704) 736-8606 or (704) 736-8422.
Deputies investigate all tips, they said, and callers may remain anonymous.