Rowan County authorities say a 2 1/2-month investigation ended this week with the arrest of two men agents say were involved in a marijuana-growing and sales operation.
Cody Lane Morris, 24, of Salisbury, and Fernando Alonso Alvarez, 24, of Spencer, were arrested by agents Wednesday.
Investigators said agents began the operation in June, when they looked into the possibility that Morris had marijuana growing operations at his house in the 1600 block of Majolica Road; at an adjoining piece of property; at a parcel in the 100 block of Polo Drive in Salisbury; and at property in the 300 block of South Rowan Avenue in Spencer.
On June 3, sheriff’s deputies stopped a 2006 Chevrolet pickup truck driven by Morris. They reported detecting an odor of marijuana in the truck, and they said Morris indicated that he had a half-pound of marijuana in the vehicle. The marijuana was seized and Morris arrested, deputies said.
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Then on June 18, detectives searched a residence in the 100 block of Polo Drive and said they found evidence that a marijuana-growing operation had been inside the house but had been removed.
Then on Wednesday, detectives searched a residence in the 300 block of South Rowan Avenue and said they found 2 1/2 pounds of marijuana and $3,910 in cash – plus evidence that a marijuana manufacturing operation had been in the house at one time.
Investigators said they arrested the resident, Alvarez, on charges of possession with intent to sell, deliver or manufacture a controlled substance; manufacturing marijuana; maintaining a building for sale of a controlled substance; and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was jailed under $25,000 bond.
Then agents searched two parcels of property on Majolica Road and said they found that a marijuana manufacturing operation had been in place at one location, and an active marijuana operation next door. Investigators also reported finding 94 marijuana plants and some dried plants.
Morris was charged with possession with intent to sell deliver or manufacture marijuana; manufacturing marijuana; and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was jailed under $50,000 bond.
Detectives said Morris also has first-degree burglary charges pending against him from a May arrest by Salisbury police.