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City cops charge Iredell man for growing pot

Staff report

Police said they arrested an Iredell County man on June 17 and accused him of possessing nearly 200 grams of marijuana inside a Lincolnton residence, and growing more than a dozen marijuana plants at a home in Mooresville.
Walter Belfield II, of 179 Asbury Circle in Mooresville, was charged in the case after officers with the Lincolnton Police Department’s Criminal Investigation/Narcotics Division located 196 grams of marijuana at an area residence, according to an agency press release.
Police said when they located the illegal substance, it was spread out and in the process of drying.
After the search and seizure, officers contacted the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office narcotics division to alert them to the possibility that Belfield was growing marijuana in the agency’s jurisdiction.
Iredell deputies with the Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (ACE) Unit secured a search warrant for Belfield’s home, where they said they uncovered 16 plants.
Additional items seized in the operation included a 12-gauge shotgun and tools for growing marijuana — power cords, fans, heat lamps, reflective tubing and cardboard, according to police.
Belfield was later arrested and served two Lincolnton warrants — felony manufacturing marijuana and felony possession with intent to distribute marijuana. He was placed behind county bars under a $2,500 secured bond.
He also faces charges in Iredell County for one felony count each of manufacturing marijuana and maintaining a vehicle/dwelling/place for a controlled substance.
Both agencies are continuing to investigate the incidents and may carry out additional arrests in the case.

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