Rowan County sheriff’s investigators have arrested and charged a Salisbury couple with trafficking medical marijuana from the West Coast.
Thomas Clark Llewellyn, 57, and his wife, Danna Ward Llewellyn, 54, are each charged with conspiracy to traffic marijuana, trafficking marijuana by possession and trafficking marijuana by transportation.
Thomas Llewellyn also was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Thomas and Danna Llewellyn were each released on a $25,000 bond.
Authorities executed search warrants on June 7 at numerous locations in Salisbury, based on information that marijuana was being transported from the West Coast disguised as a trip to obtain motorcycle oil from Blaine, Wash., Rowan County Chief Deputy David Ramsey said Wednesday.
Thomas Llewellyn owns Starship Engineering, a motorcycle repair shop at 5350 U.S. 601 North.
In 1998, Washington state voters approved a ballot initiative allowing patients with valid documentation from a doctor to use and cultivate marijuana.
Ramsey said investigators, while executing a search warrant at the couple’s home at 203 Ackert St., discovered about 62 pounds of “medical grade” marijuana concealed in a false compartment built inside a motorcycle trailer.
The marijuana lined the walls of the trailer and was held in place by bungee cords and duct tape, Ramsey said.
A total of 65 pounds of marijuana was discovered during the investigation, with a wholesale value of $325,000, Ramsey said.
Investigators also seized $10,057, drug paraphernalia and a .22-caliber revolver, Ramsey said.
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