Crime & Courts

Police officer at Salisbury VA hospital accused of growing marijuana

Thomas Daniel Gaskins
Thomas Daniel Gaskins Rowan County Sheriff’s Office

A police officer at the Veterans Administration hospital in Salisbury was arrested Tuesday after authorities said he was growing marijuana in the Davie County town of Mocksville.

Rowan County sheriff’s investigators arrested Thomas Daniel Gaskins, 33, at his home west of Salisbury on a warrant from Mocksville police. The warrant charges Gaskins with manufacturing marijuana.

Police accuse Gaskins of growing 11 marijuana plants in woods, using water from a town of Mocksville fire hydrant.

Gaskins told the Observer he had nothing to do with the plants. “It’s not true,” he said of the accusation he was growing the plants. “It definitely wasn’t me.”

“I have no clue,” Gaskins said when asked if he knew who was growing the marijuana. “There’s no connection to me.”

Gaskins is a former Brunswick County sheriff’s deputy who works as a police officer at the W.G. “Bill” Hefner VA Medical Center.

Sheriff’s investigators also charged Gaskins with misdemeanor possession of marijuana after finding marijuana in his home on Lyn Road. Gaskins was released on $10,000 bail.

Joe Marusak: 704-358-5067, @jmarusak