ZEBULON — Police arrested a local man Aug. 5 after being informed of eight marijuana plants growing in the back yard of his Pinewood Estates subdivision residence.
Corey Alexander Moore, 31, of 224 Cedar Drive, Zebulon, now faces charges of manufacturing marijuana and maintaining a place to sell or keep a controlled substance. He turned himself in at the Zebulon Police Department about 10 a.m., according to Police Lt. Scott Finch.
Finch did not say who informed police of the growing plants, but said it was someone aware of their existence and it was not an anonymous tip.
“A brief but detailed investigation led detectives to apply for and execute a search warrant,” Finch said.
The plants ranged from 3 to 6 feet in height and, fully grown, were estimated by police to be worth a total of $8,000. Finch said the plants, which were not visible from the street due to a privacy fence, had likely been growing for a few months.
Finch said Moore has lived at the location for about a year and a half and that there was no indication he was selling marijuana out of the residence.
Moore was taken to the Wake County Jail and released about three hours later after posting $15,000 bond. Public records show he has no prior criminal history in North Carolina.
He was the second local man charged with growing marijuana recently. Officers seized five plants in the Lindsey Point subdivision just south of downtown on June 27 and made an arrest July 9.