Marijuana Smell Complaints Lead To Hidden Grow Operation

Citizen complaints of the smell of marijuana coming from a garage shop led authorities to an indoor marijuana growing operation.

Carteret County deputies have arrested Andrew Gould and Erin Toler. Gould was charged with trafficking marijuana, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver marijuana, manufacturing marijuana, maintaining a building to keep, sell, and produce marijuana, and maintaining a vehicle to transport marijuana. Toler was charged with trafficking marijuana and manufacturing marijuana.

Deputies say when they approached the shop's door in Newport and began speaking with Toler, they say Gould was caught running from the back of the building. Inside deputies say they found a false wall which concealed high-tech marijuana growing equipment and a closed circuit video camera system.

Seized were 120 marijuana plants and four pounds of pot. At maturity, deputies say the marijuana seized has a street value of over $100,000.

Gould was placed in the Carteret County Jail under a $100,000.00 bond and Toler was jailed on a $75,000.00 bond. Deputies say more arrests and charges are expected.


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  • by Wow Location: Greenville on Feb 28, 2010 at 08:34 PM
    Now if I could only get you guys to agree with me on universal health care! I mean, good Samaritans, Jesus would want you to have UHC! He really would!
  • by US citizen for now Location: Washington on Feb 27, 2010 at 01:16 PM
    Wow is right for a change, God states in Romans 12:19 "Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place to wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, said the Lord." when we take revenge into our own hands, we're only hurting ourselves & at the same time disobeying God which in turn, makes our lives more difficult. The rest of your comment is great also Wow.
  • by Erik Location: Kinston on Feb 26, 2010 at 07:05 AM
    I gues the only one winning the drug war is California. WAKE UP AND SMELL THE COFFE. Nicotine/Tobacco is a GATEWAY drug. Legal and making all the MONEY
  • by Wow Location: Greenville on Feb 24, 2010 at 05:49 PM
    I have homeowner's insurance, just like is required of most homeowners in the US (at least, the lenders require it). I'm covered. Whatever they took from me / cost to repair any damaged property gets taken from them, at least monetarily. If they don't have it, it comes out of future income or they work it off volunteering in the community. They will also be required: No firearms access/possession, random drug screenings, no further troubles with the law, take them to prison and show them around. They are made to perform community service regardless if they are able to pay the fines. They fail these requirements, they get thrown in jail. You don't seem to understand that sending non-violent criminals to jail only helps to turn them into violent criminals, and upon release since they now have a record, they turn back to crime because they cannot gain respectable employment. A better question is why are so many people hooked on unjust revenge that accomplishes nothing?
  • by Anonymous on Feb 22, 2010 at 05:01 PM
    Did wow just say community service for non-violent criminals? Wonder how you'd feel if someone broke into your house while you weren't home and stole everything? Would your bleeding heart request the judge give them community service and send them to classes?
  • by g Location: coast on Feb 20, 2010 at 11:13 PM
    By having cheap pot you are cutting into the $$ the cops are making off of the coke trade in eastern N.C. They not gonna let you cut in on they're money...
  • by Mama Debra Location: cape carteret on Feb 19, 2010 at 02:55 PM
    Erin is a great Girl,she works hard and I am proud of her!!! Unless you and your family are perfect you might not want to throw stones...
  • by US citizen for now Location: Washington on Feb 19, 2010 at 12:58 PM
    Wow, First off, having a rational conversation can include scripture and should because what God says in his word is really what we should go by when making decisions and choices in life. You'd rather play tennis in the dark wouldn't you....never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. Always learning from the world's point of view and not from Gods? what a mistake. I like you and hopefully one day you'll see I was trying to help you and cared. Jesus Christ is getting ready to rapture his elect, his church Wow. You'll see. Have a great day.
  • by Bill Location: Greenville on Feb 19, 2010 at 12:44 AM
    MJ will never be legal.The government and officials make to much money off it from fines, taxes, confiscation of cars, homes, bank accounts,and anything else that may get them a dollar. Because it is criminal anyone who possesses it is a criminal. Until the people organize and protest this unfair law against pot, the politicians and lobbyists will have their way. I plan on being in DC this April,on the 20th, with the biggest fattest joint I can roll,and look forward to burning one with my fellow Americans who also believe like I do, that it should be legal. After all, alcohol is by far worse and it is legal ! Oh, by the way, how many of you that are against it has ever had anything bad or harmful done to you because of it ? Please indulge as I have never known anyone hurt, maimed or killed from smoking pot! Unlike alcohol which as done more than its fair share of ruining lives !
  • by 175,000bond Location: cc on Feb 18, 2010 at 10:50 PM
    We just wanted to thank all of our friends and family that have been so supportive through the last week. Without them we would still be in jail for an indefinite amount of time without the funds that were provided to make both of our bonds. Thank you so much, we appreciate all of your support and everything everyone is still doing to help us. We are so glad to be home.
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