Officials: 21 pot plants seized in Kinston

KINSTON, LENOIR COUNTY - An investigation by Lenoir County Sheriff's Office and the North Carolina State Highway Patrol Air Division ends with the seizure of 21 marijuana plants and two men in custody.

On June 4, 2013, the NCSHP Air Division helicopter spotted the marijuana plants behind a residence located at 1975 Neuse Road in Kinston. Based on the sighting, narcotics detectives went to investigate the home.

Detectives say, upon arrival, they saw one of the men inside smoking what they believed to be a "marijuana cigarette." Further investigation led to the seizure of 21 marijuana plants.

Detectives say the plants weren't fully grown. They added that the plants would have been worth about $105,000 once they were fully grown.

Police arrested two men who lived at the home. Michael Hood, 37, was charged with manufacturing marijuana and maintaining a dwelling for controlled substances. Eric Hood, 33, was charged with possession of cocaine. 

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