SALISBURY, NC (WBTV) - Deputies with the Rowan Sheriff's office shut down one popular local business with several locations; a marijuana growing operation.
On Wednesday, the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) and the Aggressive Criminal Enforcement Unit (ACE) executed four search warrants at locations connected to the manufacturing and distribution of marijuana.
Spencer Police assisted in the search at one location.
In June the Sheriff's Office began an investigation into the marijuana growing activities of Cody Lane Morris, age 24, a resident of 1685 Majolica Road, Salisbury.
The information indicated that Morris had marijuana growing operations at his residence, 1685 Majolica Road; an adjoining parcel on Majolica Road; 118 Polo Drive, Salisbury; and 303 South Rowan Avenue, Spencer.
Additionally, investigators learned that a residence at 503 Yost Road, Salisbury, was being used as a location to process and package marijuana for distribution.
On June 3, deputies conducted a traffic stop of a 2006 Chevrolet pickup truck, being operated by Cody Morris. A deputy detected the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle.
Upon being questioned, Morris indicated that he had a half pound of marijuana inside the truck. The marijuana was seized and Morris charged.
On June 18 investigators searched the residence at 118 Polo Drive, Salisbury, and located evidence that a marijuana manufacturing operation had been present at the residence, but had been removed.
Deputies continued the investigation, and on August 20, executed a search warrant at 303 South Rowan Avenue, Spencer, and discovered evidence that a marijuana manufacturing operation was present, but not working at the time of the search warrant execution.
Investigators seized approximately 2.5 pounds of marijuana and $3,910 in cash from the residence.
The current resident of the house, Fernando Alonso Alvarez, age 24, was arrested and charged with possess with intent to sell/delivery/manufacture a controlled substance, manufacturing marijuana, felony maintaining a dwelling, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Alvarez was placed under a $25,000 bond.
After the execution of the Spencer search warrant, deputies executed two search warrants at 1685 Majolica Road, Salisbury, and an adjoining parcel of property. Deputies discovered evidence that a marijuana manufacturing operation had been present in an attic of the residence at 1685 Majolica Road. An active marijuana manufacturing operation was located in a building on the adjoining parcel of property.
This marijuana operation had electrical power supplied to it by way of an extension cord running from a detached garage at 1685 Majolica Road to a hidden room in the building on the adjoining parcel of property.
In the room, deputies discovered 94 marijuana plants and some dried marijuana plants.
Cody Morris was charged with possess with intent to sell/deliver/manufacture marijuana, manufacturing marijuana, felony maintain a dwelling, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Morris was placed under a $50,000 secured bond.
Morris also has pending charges from a May 2014, arrest by the Salisbury Police Department for 1st degree burglary. He was released under a $750,000 bond. He was also arrested in August 2014, in Cabarrus County for reckless driving to endanger.