ORRUM — A 67-year-old Orrum man has been arrested and charged with maintaining a marijuana-growing operation consisting of 1,900 plants valued at $7.2 million, according to the North Carolina Department of Transportation.
Charles Edward Hammonds Sr., of 751 Proctorville Church Road, is charged with trafficking a controlled substance, maintaining a dwelling for controlled substances and conspiracy to traffic in a controlled substance. He is out on a $25,000 secured bond.
According to a statement from the Department of Transportation, an inspector from the Division of Motor Vehicles was examining a vehicle at Hammonds’ home on Thursday when he saw marijuana plants growing near the home. Robeson County sheriff’s Lt. Randy Johnson, who assisted in the investigation, said the plants were found growing among other foliage in multiple locations on the property.
The investigation is ongoing.