The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC

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February 11, 2013

Marijuana manufacturing operation shut down

ROCKY MOUNT — A joint operation between three law enforcement agencies shut down a marijuana manufacturing operation in Tarboro last Thursday.

After receiving leads that occupants of a house at 131 Fairview Circle were illegally dealing marijuana, the Tarboro Police Department, Edgecombe County Sheriffs Office, and the North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement Agency executed a search warrant.

According to a press release issued by the Tarboro Police Department, law enforcement officers found an indoor growing operation where marijuana was being manufactured for sale by a Marcus Ruffin, 37, and Martina Ryan, 39. According to the release, both suspects reside at the house.

The release noted that the search revealed various items of drug manufacturing equipment to include fertilizers, potting soil, pH test kits, potting plants, humidifier and growing lights. Law enforcement officers also located various items of drug paraphernalia, and marijuana inside the residence.

Ruffin and Ryan were charged with manufacturing marijuana, manufacture marijuana within 1,000 feet of a school zone (Stocks Elementary), possession with the intent to sell and deliver marijuana, felony maintaining a dwelling, felony possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Ruffin was placed into the Edgecombe County Detention Center under a $10,000 secured bond while Ryan was placed under a $5,000 unsecured bond. The suspects are scheduled to appear in District Court Wednesday.

Tarboro Police Chief Damion Williams said he would like to thank the citizens for their concerns about criminal activity in the community. Williams also would like to remind the citizens to call the Tarboro Police Department at 641-4247 or Sheriff’s Office at 641-7911 at any time to report criminal activity.

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