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Charges lodged in Williams St. grow operation

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A Roanoke Rapids man who had 2011 charges against him dropped following the discovery of an indoor marijuana growing operation surrendered to police Wednesday after evidence of a new operation was reportedly found at his residence on Williams Street earlier this month.


Roanoke Rapids police Chief Chuck Hasty said in a statement Kristopher Wayne Patterson surrendered to Investigator C. Babb around 3:15 p.m. and has a June 7 court date.
The 34-year-old Patterson faces charges of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver marijuana; possession of drug paraphernalia, and maintaining a dwelling to keep a controlled substance.
His arrest is based on the execution of a search warrant in the 600 block of Williams Street on April 18. Patterson was not home at the time the search warrant was executed.
Application of the search warrant was based on complaints, police said last week.
Babb this morning described the operation as fairly sophisticated. He said the marijuana possession charge stems from the seizure of hash oil.
He said investigators seized grow lights, a grow tent with a reflective interior, planters, big plastic bins with drains, electrical ballasts, exhaust fans and manuals and DVDs on growing marijuana.
It was unclear how long the operation had been active, Babb said.
Hasty said this morning, “It’s just good investigative work on Babb’s part and through the assistance of the City County Drug Task Force.”
In 2011, the state dropped charges against Patterson after officers found an indoor grow operation at the Carolina Street residence where he lived at the time.
The court at the time granted a motion to suppress all evidence in the case and his defense attorneys believed officers didn’t have sufficient reason to enter the residence.


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