Teen ran pot operation from backyard playhouse, deputies say


A Statesville teen is facing multiple drug charges after deputies say he re-purposed a children’s playhouse behind a family home to run a drug dealing operation.

Layton Charles Jenkins, 18, was found with more than 50 grams of marijuana and other paraphernalia inside the playhouse on April 14, the Statesville Record & Landmark reported.

Iredell County deputies said the investigation was prompted by complaints of possible drugs being sold in the area of Green Meadow Lane, the report said.

Jenkins was in the playhouse at 10:45 p.m. on April 14 when officers conducted an initial conversation with him. He gave deputies permission to search the playhouse and they found marijuana, nearly 10 grams of butane hash oil, plastic baggies and digital scales, the newspaper said.

Jenkins’ charges included possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana, possession with intent to sell or deliver a schedule VI controlled substance and underage possession of alcohol, it was reported.