Man charged after 125 pot plants found in Croatan forest

Deputies: Man Grew 125 Marijuana Plants in Croatan National Forest (Reporter: Erickson)

CRAVEN COUNTY - A Craven County man allegedly made an addition to the shrubbery in the Croatan National Forest in the form of approximately 125 marijuana plants.

Deputies arrested John Wallace, of Pine Street in Bridgeton, on Wednesday.

Wallace had three separate plots of marijuana plants, one of which was more than a mile off of any road, according to Captain Joe Heckman of the Craven County Sheriff's Department.

U.S. Forestry officials learned of the plants several weeks ago and established surveillance in the area, investigators said.

Officers watched Wallace come to the area to tend his plants, but he ran through the forest when confronted, investigators said.

After two days on the run, Craven deputies arrested him Wednesday near his mother's home in New Bern.

Wallace is charged with manufacturing marijuana, a felony.

The street value of the drugs is approximately $250,000, according to a U.S. Forestry Service spokesman.

Craven deputies sent the drugs to the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation for analysis.

Wallace, 50, remains in jail.

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