Moore County Sheriff’s Department and the North Carolina State Highway Patrol Aviation Unit teamed up Wednesday to seize $66,735 worth of marijuana in a wooded area of Carthage.

The marijuana plants were located by a North Carolina State Highway Patrol helicopter on property located in the 100 block of Plank Road, according to a news release from Moore County Sheriff’s Office.

“A consent search of the residence and property was conducted by deputies after locating the marijuana plants,” said the release.

Marijuana plants seized in Carthage. Picture courtesy of Moore County Sheriff’s Office.

Sixty-six-year-old Edwin Roy Leitch was charged with manufacture marijuana, felony possession of marijuana, maintain vehicle/dwelling/place for controlled substances and possession of marijuana paraphernalia.

Deputies seized from the property 4,449 grams of marijuana, items of marijuana paraphernalia and $2,795 cash. The marijuana seized consisted of marijuana plants and processed marijuana in glass jars.

Leitch was placed under a $5,000 bond unsecured bond, has a September 25 court date and is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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