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Troopers find pot at hit-and-run suspect's house

A highway patrol trooper searching for a hit-and-run suspect late Tuesday found 129 marijuana plants growing at the man’s Wake County house. Troopers arrested the man and his wife.

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WILLOW SPRINGS, N.C. — A highway patrol trooper searching for a hit-and-run suspect late Tuesday found drugs growing at the man’s Wake County house. Troopers arrested the man and his wife.

Authorities found 129 marijuana plants at 3405 Norman Blalock Road.

They went to the home to find David Brinson. Investigators say he was involved in two separate hit-and-run wrecks earlier in the day.

When troopers arrived, Brinson's wife, Melissa, allowed them in the home. That's when they found plants inside the house and in an out-building behind it.

They also found items used to grow marijuana, including greenhouse lights, climate-control heaters and thermometers.

Authorities charged David Brinson with maintaining a controlled substance and attempting to manufacture and sell it. They charged Melissa Brinson her with possession of marijuana and attempting to manufacture and sell it. 

Two children were home at the time of the arrests, officials said.

The Brinsons were released on bond. They were scheduled to appear in court Wednesday morning.

The Wake County Sheriff's Office assisted the highway patrol in the case.

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