Crime & Courts

Home at risk of exploding found in former Mooresville Mills village

Iredell County Sheriff Darren Campbell displays the high-grade marijuana that authorities intercepted. The marijuana was being sent to a home in the former Mooresville Mills village off South Main Street.
Iredell County Sheriff Darren Campbell displays the high-grade marijuana that authorities intercepted. The marijuana was being sent to a home in the former Mooresville Mills village off South Main Street. Iredell County Sheriff’s Office

Authorities arrested two Mooresville men on drug charges and said one of their homes was at risk of exploding from high-pressure acetylene tanks, propane tanks and oxygen-making machines in and under the home.

Sheriff’s investigators found the tanks and machines after obtaining a warrant to search the home for drugs. The home is in the 300 block of East Mills Avenue in the former Mooresville Mills village off South Main Street. Investigators also found unsafe wiring in and under the home.

“The Mooresville Fire Department was called to the scene, and the residence was deemed unsafe for habitation, and the power meter was pulled to stop the threat of explosion,” the sheriff’s office said in a news release Tuesday. “Access to the home was denied to any further person until the unsafe conditions could be fixed and meet safety codes again.”

The sheriff’s office had received information about large amounts of marijuana being delivered to the home. A surveillance operation led investigators to intercept two boxes through the mail on Monday that contained 10 pounds of marijuana.

Charged with various marijuana and other counts were Michael Duane Stoddard, 37, who was jailed on $50,000 bail, and James Lawrence Manley, 50, who was jailed on $25,000 bail. Stoddard was previously convicted of drug offenses, driving while impaired and assault, and is on probation, the sheriff’s office said.

Joe Marusak: 704-358-5067, @jmarusak

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