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Deputy stumbles onto pot plot

Posted June 23, 2008 6:10 p.m. EDT
Updated June 24, 2008 11:30 a.m. EDT

— 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.