Man charged with trafficking marijuana seized at Raleigh house

rgallagher@newsobserver.comOctober 30, 2013 

— More than a month after a police officer’s nose led to the discovery of 215 pounds of marijuana in a Patriot Ridge Court house one Sunday morning, a 41-year-old man has been charged with drug trafficking.

No one answered the door at the single-family house at 4037 Patriot Ridge Court on Sept. 15 when an officer went looking for Jorge Luis Velazquez, 41, to serve a warrant that stemmed from a charge of driving with a revoked license.

The officer said in a search-warrant request that he smelled marijuana plants and that the odor got stronger as he walked around the attached garage.

He called another officer, who said he smelled the plants, too, and they noticed that windows in the garage and some in the house had been covered over.

With the search warrant in hand, they opened the house and found a marijuana-growing operation, they said, and seized the plants.

Velazquez was being held in lieu of $75,000 bail for a court appearance Wednesday on two counts of trafficking in marijuana and one charge of maintaining a dwelling to keep and sell drugs.

An arrest report said police stopped Velazquez on Wake Forest Road about 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Gallagher: 919-829-4572

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