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19 pot plants seized in search of Moore County home

Posted August 13, 2012

— Moore County sheriff’s deputies seized 19 marijuana plants during a drug bust last week at a home in the Spies community of Sheffield.

The homeowners face felony trafficking charges in connection with the bust, authorities said Monday.

Officers from the Moore County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit, State Bureau of Investigation and North Carolina Highway Patrol Aviation Unit conducted the raid Wednesday at 383 Old Post Office Road.

Authorities said they seized the plants, which were 10 to 12 feet tall and weighed about 50 pounds each, along with 11 grams of marijuana, digital scales and other drug paraphernalia. The marijuana had an estimated street value of $225,000.

Graham Scott Powers, 42, was charged with two felony counts of trafficking in marijuana, conspiracy to traffic in marijuana, possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana, possession of marijuana and manufacturing marijuana.

Brenda Kay Powers, 41, was charged with two felony counts of trafficking in marijuana, conspiracy to traffic in marijuana, possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana, possession of marijuana, manufacturing marijuana, and maintaining a dwelling to keep a controlled substance, along with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

Graham Powers gave his address to authorities as Quail Road in Norwood. He and Brenda Powers are listed as owners of the home where the bust occurred, according to Moore County property records.

Graham Scott Powers was held in the Moore County Detention Center on a $5,000 secured bond.

Brenda Kay Powers was released on a $75,000 unsecured bond.


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  • nullman Aug 20, 2012

    NCpolot2 said "The FACT is that pot does cause substantial harm and destroys families."

    Where are these facts? It's actually these laws that often destroy families, not the pot.

  • muggs Aug 13, 2012

    The drug cartels are depending on our not legalizing pot, that would open the door for our own growers to flourish, pay taxes and end the steady stream of illegals carrying bundles here on their back,this is not going to ever stop, people want what they want and will get it anyway they can, proof of it causing illegal activity is just not there, the criminal element would be taken out of the equation, have know people that smoked for decades, they have good health and I have been told helps arthritis.

  • storchheim Aug 13, 2012

    "Do you honestly believe the criminal marijuana underground is simply going to go away if you legalize and tax it?"


  • 426X3 Aug 13, 2012

    19 plants. That is just a personal supply.

  • ddm76 Aug 13, 2012

    My question is why the huge difference in bail amounts, secured vs. nonsecured, and the different charges? If both names are on the deed to the house, he should have the exact same charges that she does. Legalize now.

  • Plum Tuckered Aug 13, 2012

    Law Enforcement,Big Pharma, etc. want to keep pot illegal to support their love/habit for the evil Dollar.

  • davidgnews Aug 13, 2012

    A lot of folks are making crazy money on the corrupt drug war, not the least being the law enforcement industry.

  • fayncmike Aug 13, 2012

    If the cops say nineteen plants than there were most likely fifty. Cops usually have the best dope around.

  • bench Aug 13, 2012

    Here's the reality of that sentence that is being bounced back and forth here:

    "The FACT is that (being busted for) pot does cause substantial harm and destroys families."

    The ONLY thing bad about pot is that it is illegal. If it was legal, all the substantial harm and destruction of families, caused by the war on pot, would go away.

  • jjordan231179 Aug 13, 2012

    Actually if pot was legalized the cartels would be the ones most hurt, they must have lobbyist that advocate for it to remain illegal.
    August 13, 2012 3:01 p.m.

    Now you;re starting to sound like that "nutty" Ron Paul guy. How dare you make sense.