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Deputies seize $2.1M worth of marijuana from Moore County home

Posted November 18, 2016

An Asherboro man was arrested on Tuesday in Moore County after authorities found more than $2 million worth of marijuana growing at a residence. (Photo courtesy of the Moore County Sheriff's Department)

— An Asherboro man was arrested on Tuesday in Moore County after authorities found more than $2 million worth of marijuana growing at a residence.

The Moore County Sheriff's Office executed a search warrant at 719 Bellview Road, Robbins as part of a larceny of power investigation. When deputies arrived, they found a large-scale indoor marijuana growing operation.

Deputies seized 109 marijuana plants, growing lights, fan, fertilizer and other equipment used to grow the plants. The total weight of the marijuana seized was 606 pounds.

Authorities said the street value of the marijuana was roughly $2.1 million.

Jose Ginante Aliaga, 25, was arrested and charged with trafficking of marijuana, manufacturing of marijuana, felony possession of marijuana, felony maintaining a dwelling to store a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, felony larceny and property damage, according to the sheriff's office. Aliaga was jailed under a $200,000 secure bond.

"This was the most sophisticated indoor growing operation that deputies have ever found in Moore County," Sheriff Neil Godfrey said in a news release.

Deputies seize $2.1M worth of marijuana from Moore County home


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  • Scott Householder Nov 19, 2016
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    That was a nice looking set-up. Too bad it is medieval-ish here and grass is illegal. There are far worse actual DRUGS out there that should be combated. This one was placed here by GOD, Himself. Leave it alone ffs! As with everything, moderation is the key. FYI my friends, the "gateway" drug is alcohol. [b] A.L.C.O.H.O.L. Just so there's no misunderstanding.
    Happy Thanksgiving!!

  • John Ragan Nov 18, 2016
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    Just a wee bit of info for you. It's still a FEDERAL CRIME to possess any amount of weed. Until you get the federal government to get on board with making your gateway drug legal its not going to happen.


  • Norman Lewis Nov 18, 2016
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    $216 an ounce for marijuana? who are they trying to fool by grossly inflating the value of their find? I realize by this bust, the local pizza and fast food places will suffer a loss of business but what else did this massive use of public funds accomplish? A guy smoking a joint is less of a danger than a felon gang banger running around Durham but I suppose we are supposed to trust the authorities have our best interests in mind? I'd rather see a guy with an ounce bag of marijuana in his pocket that a young punk with a 9mm but then, that's me.

  • Mike Welsch Nov 18, 2016
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    What a waste of tax payer money busting this that within the foreseeable future will be legalized nationwide.

  • Ricky Parker Nov 18, 2016
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    The sad part of this is the abuse of other very harmful drugs such as crack and other known substances tht challange law inforcement and puts other life's at risk.I have never known anyone to be under the influence of smoking a fatty and bringing harm or hardship on other ppl.WAKE UP people and know which drugs are really influencing and ruining our society,it isn't weed.

  • Ronald Woodard Nov 18, 2016
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    WRAL just does a glowing story about El Pueblo, the ethnic-based illegal immigrant advocacy group, and Jose Ginante Aliaga has just been arrested for trafficking in $2 million of illegal drugs in nearby Moore County. According to the US Sentencing Commission, 47% of those involved in drug trafficking in the USA are Hispanic. Likely most are illegal immigrants of Hispanic ethnicity. El Pueblo would have us allow illegal immigrants to remain in the USA, and only AFTER they cause harm to citizens, they might leave.

  • Orion Sune Nov 18, 2016
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    I guess North Carolina doesn't like money. At least 23 other states have come to their senses, when will we?