Man charged after nearly 100 marijuana plants found in basement

Detectives discovered a large-scale, highly sophisticated hydroponic marijuana growing operation in the basement of a home in Boone.
Detectives discovered a large-scale, highly sophisticated hydroponic marijuana growing operation in the basement of a home in Boone.

By Jeff Rivenbark - email

BOONE, NC (WBTV) - Deputies in Watauga County have charged a man after they say nearly 100 marijuana plants were found growing in the basement of his home.

Ryan Matthew Melville, 24, has been charged with Trafficking in Marijuana, Manufacturing Marijuana, and Possession with the Intent to Sell and Deliver Marijuana.

The Watauga County Sheriff's Office Special Operations Division executed a search warrant on at Melville's home at 634 Running Deer Trail on Sept. 21.

Once they entered the home, detectives discovered a large-scale, highly sophisticated hydroponic marijuana growing operation in the basement.   The marijuana seized from the home weighed approximately 45 pounds and has a street value of about $152,000.

The sheriff's office say the growing operation occupied three-quarters of the home and consisted of 95 marijuana plants that were in various stages of growth and maturity.

Melville is being held at the Watauga County Jail on a $10,000 secured bond.

The sheriff's office says no one else was involved in the marijuana-growing operation.  However, they say additional charges and arrests are expected.

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