Narcotics investigators located hydroponic marijuana Monday night inside vehicles belonging to two Iredell County men, including a teen, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said.
Deputies initiated a traffic stop on the two vehicles after watching each driver participate in a hand-to-hand transaction of the drug in the Wal-Mart parking lot in Denver, according to an agency press release.
Investigators said they saw the drug deals while conducting surveillance in the area.
Undercover officers said they followed the drivers, Desmond Rashawn Gray and Moises Garay, to the intersection of Killian Farm Road and N.C. 73, where they stopped the suspects.
A heavy smell of marijuana filled the area as investigators approached the vehicles, which they later searched and discovered a quarter pound of hydroponic weed — marijuana grown in water rather than soil — and $1,150 in cash, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Gray, a resident of 931 Knox Road, and Garay, a resident of 207 Deerfield Lane, both in Statesville, were arrested and charged with one felony count each of possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver a schedule VI controlled substance and two felony counts each of selling and delivering a schedule VI controlled substance.
An additional charge for misdemeanor possession of marijuana was filed against Gray while his alleged counterpart received extra charges for maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance, carrying a concealed weapon and misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance, according to the release.
Both suspects were placed behind bars, each under a $15,000 secured bond.