Man Charged With Growing Pot Out Of His Home

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A tip from a sheriff's department in the western part of the state led to the arrest of an eastern Carolina man accused of growing marijuana.

Gerald Heath, 61 years-old of Chocowinity, Beaufort County, was arrested and charged with manufacturing pot out of his home with the intent to sell and deliver.

Beaufort County investigators say they searched the home and found marijuana growing paraphernalia inside.

Heath's wife, Nita Malinda Heath, is also wanted in connection with the operation. A warrant for her arrest has been issued.


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  • by notjasoninBC-BS Location: safe on Apr 28, 2009 at 10:03 PM
    If you knew that they were using their own children to make a buck by letting them do almost all the work and risk getting caught during a sale you might see why they need to be corrected. They made enought pot money for a good lawyer and get out of it. would it change any opinions? Its illegal, its not dangerous physically but it opens lives up to the govt., finding a way into your life and things are never again the same. Maybe that child of theirs has an infant and these people never once explained the severity of it all to this new parent. I think it should be legal, but at this point and time its not. They as parents proved to be poor character models for the so called drug addicts. So Cindy get your story straight, a good man doesn't profit on someone else's disease. Great man, and lovely mother to match.
  • by Michael Location: Stella, NC on Mar 28, 2009 at 12:17 PM
    Why are we spending money arresting, prosecuting, and then jailing a guy who was growing a freakin' plant? Good Lord, pot is such a benign drug..no one ever committed a crime while high on pot - unless you count eating all of your roommate's Cheetos a crime.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 26, 2009 at 10:57 AM
    after they are caught the law will slap there hands they should be taught a lesson and that is a major problem every one is to easy going
  • by Me Location: Here on Mar 26, 2009 at 06:57 AM
    I couldn't agree more Jim Bob. With a name like that you know he's a smart one. J/k man but seriously that was a perfect statement. It would reduce so many issues we're having now with the product.
  • by Blake S. Location: Greenville on Mar 26, 2009 at 06:52 AM
    See Chris, the difference would be the fact that IF it was legal it WOULD be taxed. Not that those who couldn't have a "scrip" for it couldn't get it, but the demand isn't the same. So yes, to a certain degree it would effect them, but not nearly as much as it should. BTW: I've never seen or heard of ANYONE stealing for "pot". Now the other whacko drugs, of course. The same abuse if not WORSE is asssociated with alcohol. It causes just as many if not more problems. AGAIN, ONLY referring to pot.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 25, 2009 at 04:54 PM
    Wow now this guy is a good man? Would he be a good man if he was growing it on 5th street in greenville?
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Mar 25, 2009 at 04:48 PM
    "Marijuana growing paraphernalia" is that the same as tomato growing paraphernalia? According to the article, no mention of pot being found.
  • by Jim Bob Location: OBX on Mar 25, 2009 at 04:14 PM
    I wonder if he was one of the people supplying the family dollar? More people are killed by drunk drivers than by the person toking on a fatty. Personally i see no problem with pot being made legal. Just like alcohol and cigarettes it should be controlled. It is already the #1 cash crop in the country. Also there would not be a demand to smuggle it in from other counties. Which could also reduce the violence going on at the border.
  • by Chris on Mar 25, 2009 at 02:11 PM
    To Blake S: I have no qualms with a store selling it, It won't effect me either way. It won't effect the drug users in anyway either! What are they going to do, go to the wilcohess with some stolen tools and pawn it off? They will still go to the same dealers, with the same STOLEN goods, the same tricks to get that almighty drug.
  • by LOL Location: NC on Mar 25, 2009 at 12:19 PM
    Ok, I finally have to comment. Can any of you please explain to me the logic behind letting people out of prison thats commited murder to make extra room in prison to put people in prison for pot? It just don't make sense to me.
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