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Pot Farm Discovered in Pittsboro Home

Posted March 10, 2008

— Michael Wayne Smith, 45, of 2599 Mount Gilead Road, was arrested March 2 after threatening Chatham County deputies.

Deputies responding to a report of multiple shots being fired found Smith, who was intoxicated at the time, in possession of a .223 caliber rifle and 30-round magazine.

Deputies returned to Smith's home five days later with a search warrant for other illegal weapons and found a semi-automatic weapon, more ammunition and and an indoor marijuana growing operation.

Those discoveries resulted in additional charges of felonious possession of firearm by a felon, felonious maintaining a dwelling for controlled substances, felonious possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and/or deliver marijuana, felonious manufacturing marijuana, misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia, misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

Smith was released on a $25,000 unsecured bond and is scheduled to appear in Pittsboro District Court on March 7.


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  • jonesextra Mar 10, 2008

    Read the charges, it says possession by a felon. If he is a convicted felon, any possession is illegal.

  • Huey Mar 10, 2008

    I too am puzzled by this article. The police had a "warrant for other illegal weapons" it said yet a .223 with 30 round clip is
    not illegal now. They are advertised on the web. This story is
    a poor example of journalism. It needs more information, especially why the gun was "illegal". Was he a convicted felon?

  • WRALwontdeletemyaccount Mar 10, 2008

    Typical pump it up press release from the PD. The guy grew some pot, and had an AR15 that many (like me) use as target rifles. I guess saying "Homeowner found growing marijuana in bedroom also in possession of a target rifle" doesn't sell as much advertisement space.

  • john283594 Mar 10, 2008

    Wow... He fit a whole "farm" inside his house amazing!

  • Smiling Jack 84 Mar 10, 2008

    Typical ignorant liberal anti-gun reporting. Semi-automatic with a 30 round magazine are legal, and if the write knew anything, they might have been a bit less sensationalistic in their writing. Oh, right, they won't do that until the Amreican public is disarmed.