DEPUTIES: School Bus Buried Underground To Grow Marijuana

LENOIR COUNTY, NC -- Lawmen say a school bus was buried underground and used to grow marijuana in Lenoir County.

"To actually dig a hole and place a school bus inside of it and cover it up with dirt and have a tunnel to it to cover up, that whole operation is at the very least unique," said Chris Hill, Lenoir County Sheriff's Major.

Even more unbelievable? Officials say a garage was then built over the bus.

To view pictures of the operation, click the PHOTOS tab at the top of the story

Major Hill says the discovery was made Wednesday after Jerome Murriell was nabbed with a few pounds of pot in his car.

Hill tells WITN the arrest led a narcotics team to search the home of Linsey and Desiz Dail on Highway 58 south outside of Kinston.

"The canines were brought in," said Hill, "And as a result of the dogs being brought in they located a hidden panel, or door, or wall in an out building."

Lawmen then checked out a three-by-three foot hole behind a wall, which they say led to the buried bus.

Video shows bags of potting soil inside the hole, which authorities say helped 60 mature marijuana plants grow inside the bus.

So the big question. How exactly does a 14-ton, 40-foot bus get buried?

Officials say the suspects used three different backhoes, which lawmen confiscated Wednesday.

Neighbors were shocked at the bus discovery.

"I don't think I've ever heard of them having a grow house, or a grow bus in this case, ya know, underground going through with this," said a neighbor. "And for this area, it really surprises me."

All three suspects are being held at the Lenoir County jail charged with conspiracy to traffic marijuana, possession with intent to sell marijuana, and manufacturing marijuana.


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  • by Chris Location: nc on Dec 27, 2010 at 04:23 PM
    I think it was a great idea, and when cops get it in there head that weed will never be stopped life will be easier for many people! It is a natural plant that should be left alone. I am tired of hearing how the court system says in god we trust, but they condemn people over a natural plant that god grows!!!!!
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    Hello everyone ,, im so sorry there is a broad feelings about this subject. Imvho i think marijuana should be legal. I think ppl should have the right to do as they please. The government has always tried to control the populace, They gave harder drugs unwillingly to Soldiers, the water system , and also use to give MDMA aka ecstasy , to ppl for marriage problems , they even give certain ppl marijuana at this day in time . i think the bigger problem is they do not want the ppl to know they can make 20,000 plus dollars within 3 months growing and providing the #1 selling item in America . they don;t want ppl to know that marijuana will cure many the problems most ppl have on a daily basis , without and after effects . thus shuts down all these pill pushers , and which most ppl in office have major stocks in these Pill companies ,, ( drugs ) now tell me who the real drug lords are! Politicians , Doctors, and the Lobbyist that pay off AMERICAN CONSTITUTION ! it's not all about Pot!
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