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Two roommates were arrested and charged in connection to an elaborate indoor marijuana grow operation, according to the Caldwell County Sheriff's Office.
The investigation began when deputies responded to a report of an open door at a rental home on Waterfalls Road in Lenoir. A concerned citizen told the deputies the front door had been standing open for two days, with no sign of the tenants, the report states.
The deputies went into the home, and found numerous marijuana plants growing in the basement and in an upstairs bedroom in plain view. Drug paraphernalia was also found throughout the home, deputies said.
Agents with the ICE Unit arrived at the scene to seize the contraband. In all, the agents seized 103 marijuana plants, $1,000 in cash, growing equipment and supplies, and drug paraphernalia.
The plants have a value of over $275,000, according to NC State Guidelines.
The duo renting the home, Jordan Francois Holder, 23, and Elizabeth Marie Roden, 23, both of Lenoir, are students at ASU, and were on spring break at the time of the search.
Holder was later arrested in Watauga County, and Roden in Caldwell County. They were both charged with felonious possession with intent to sell/deliver marijuana, felonious manufacture marijuana, and felonious maintain a dwelling to keep/store a controlled substance.