October 29, 2009
Mint Hill, NC (The Weekly Vice) - Michael MacConnell, a 40-year-old Mint Hill man was arrested late Wednesday after police found a massive pot farm inside his home......which was within a short walk of the city's town hall and police station.
According to Mint Hill police, officers were called to the MacConnell's home after a man came into the station and complained he was assaulted at MacConnell’s residence.
Investigators searched MacConnell’s home as a standard procedure for the assault complaint, finding a massive pot farm that contained more than 300 marijuana plants.
Police also recovered 30 pounds of processed marijuana and a number of chemicals known for manufacturing methamphetamine. Mint Hill Police Chief, Tim Ledford, called it “The largest operation I have seen in my career”.
Investigators at the scene said the chemicals found inside the residence could have caused an explosion strong enough to take out the entire neighborhood.
MacConnell was booked into the Mecklenburg County Jail on charges of trafficking, possession of drug paraphernalia and manufacturing controlled substances. His bond was set at $36,000.
The Weekly Vice Opinion:
Police never saw any traffic going in and out of MacConnell's house? It seems like an investigation should have been opened long before this, instead of just stumbling upon it the way they did. You know, since this was "the largest operation they have ever seen" and all........
If you're going to have a 300 plant pot farm, perhaps it's not such a great idea attract police attention by assaulting people.
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