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Authorities called to fight fire, discover drugs

By Cleve R. Wootson Jr.
cwootson@charlotteobserver.com

Authorities in Alexander County are conducting a drug investigation that began when they were called to a mobile home in Taylorsville to put out a fire.

Just before 10 p.m. on Friday, authorities were notified of a structure fire on Pleasant Hill Church Road about 70 miles northwest of Charlotte. After firefighters got the blaze under control, they observed “what appeared to be controlled (substances) in the home,” according to a news release from the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office.

The firefighters called the Sheriff’s office to the scene. Investigators obtained a search warrant and called in a drug-sniffing dog, according to the release. Ultimately, investigators say they seized more than 25 pounds of marijuana, roughly two pounds of methamphetamine and a pound of cocaine.

They also seized $16,000 in cash, a money-counting machine and a vacuum packing machine.

No one was home when firefighters arrived, and officers are trying to learn more about the people who lived in the mobile home. Investigators believe they may have ties to other counties.

Wootson: 704-358-5046; Twitter: @CleveWootson
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