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Caldwell arrests man in 2nd marijuana grow case

Caldwell County authorities say they have arrested a 50-year-old man who they accuse of growing marijuana inside his home and selling it to local high school students.

Caldwell County authorities say they have arrested a 50-year-old man who they accuse of growing marijuana inside his home and selling it to local high school students.

It was the second indoor-growing case in recent days in the county. Two women attending Appalachian State University were charged in a separate case earlier in the week.

The sheriff’s office says an undercover agent purchased marijuana and pills from Robert David Greene, 50, at his residence in the 3300 block of Griffins Way. That is in northern Caldwell County, just a short distance from where the two ASU students lived.

Armed with a search warrant, drug agents from the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office searched Greene’s home Wednesday and said they found 17 marijuana plants; marijuana packaged for sale; digital weighing scales; cash; a shotgun with a large quantity of ammunition; marijuana-growing equipment; and drug paraphernalia.

“According to intelligence gathered by drug agents, they believe Greene was supplying a lot of local high school kids with marijuana and other drugs,” Sheriff Alan Jones said.

Jones said the investigation is continuing, with help from Caldwell County Schools officials, and he said additional charges are likely.

The sheriff said this is the time of year when marijuana growers begin the plants indoors and then move them outside in late spring when the weather warms.

Greene was charged with two counts of possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana; two counts of maintaining a dwelling to keep and store a controlled substance; and one count each of manufacturing marijuana, selling marijuana, delivering marijuana, and maintaining a vehicle to keep and store marijuana.

All those charges are felonies, and Greene is jailed under $100,000 bond.

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