Grow house busted in King

By Nicholas Elmes -


A King man is facing charges of growing marijuana following an investigation by the King Police Department on Feb.3

King Police Chief Paula May said city police officers were responding to a welfare check at 206 Mountainbrook Drive when they detected the smell of growing marijuana. She said two people, a 29-year-old woman and Jack Clayton Johnson, Jr., 49, were at the house when they arrived.

“Various statements were made by the individuals indicating a quantity of marijuana was inside the residence belonging to Johnson,” said May. “A search warrant was obtained and executed by the King Police Department. A small grow operation was found and seized, including marijuana and other items of records and paraphernalia used in the manufacture and sale of marijuana. Johnson was arrested at that time.”

Johnson was charged with manufacturing marijuana, possession with intent to manufacture, sale and deliver marijuana, maintaining a dwelling to keep controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was placed under a $3,000 unsecured bond and released, pending a court date of March 15 in Stokes County.

“Investigation into this and other matters occurring at this residence is ongoing,” said May.

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By Nicholas Elmes

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