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Deputy stumbles onto pot plot

Posted June 23, 2008
Updated June 24, 2008

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— Deputy Stanley Rodwell of the Halifax County sheriff's office stumbled upon marijuana worth more than a quarter-million dollars Sunday.

Rodwell was out for a walk when he discovered multiple plots of marijuana plants in a wooded area near Littleton. Rodwell and others seized 115 plants and some other items used in the cultivation of the crop.

Richard Long Braswell, 22, and Douglas Wayne Braswell Jr., 31, were arrested and charged with manufacturing marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. The brothers were released on a $5,000 unsecured bond.

According to the North Carolina National Guard, the value of a mature marijuana plant is estimated at $2,400. By that calculation, the plants seized Sunday had a potential street value of $276,000.

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  • Tarheel born Jun 24, 2008

    Sometimes it's just better to be a lucky Officer than use good ole police work.

  • SingleLensReflex.SLR Jun 24, 2008

    "manufacturing marijuana"? gives new meaning to the idea of working in a "manufacturing plant".

  • Adelinthe Jun 24, 2008

    "I just stumbled (on private property) and discovered something chief. Guess property rights now don't mean anything."

    I understand what you're saying here. Something sounds a little fishy, but the law is the law and these guys were on the wrong side of it.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • Travised Jun 24, 2008

    I just stumbled (on private property) and discovered something chief. Guess property rights now don't mean anything.

  • mindcrime Jun 24, 2008

    The bigger issue here is that neither the State nor Federal governments have any authority to regulate what substances you grow, or what substances you (where "you" is a consenting adult) choose to ingest into your body.

    We need an immediate repeal of all State laws regulating the growth, possession, sale and use of all medicines, drugs and related substances by adults, and an immediate moratorium on the use of State and Local law enforcement personnel to enforce Federal laws regarding the same.

    Phil Rhodes for NC Lieutenant Governor
    http://www.philrhodes2008.com

  • dryhumper Jun 24, 2008

    "was out for a walk"

    Hmmm this doesn't sound right. And why was the NC National Guard estimating the price of the plants?

  • CrewMax Jun 24, 2008

    I guess a stumbling officer doesn't need a warrant, while a
    sure-footed one does. Ha ha!

  • Timbo Jun 24, 2008

    Since when did the National Guard become experts in trafficking Dope? Oh, I guess when Bush Jr. was in the guard they had some experience, but I thought that was cocaine he was "familiar" with.

    But then again, he skipped out on his commitment to the Guard.

  • WRAL is joe_dirt Jun 24, 2008

    Is pot as harmful as alcohol, cigarettes, airplane glue, or vicoden.

    Funny, I can't remember.

  • wonderif Jun 24, 2008

    Is pot as harmful as alcohol, cigarettes, airplane glue, or vicoden.

    don't think so......certainly not as addictive

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