Chatham deputies say they busted $1 million pot-growing operation

From staff reportsFebruary 4, 2014 

— Sheriff’s deputies say they used a search warrant to seize more than 500 marijuana plants from a man’s home just south of Chapel Hill.

The deputies estimated the street value of the drugs at more than $1 million.

Narcotics investigators with the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office charged Dale Mark Christianer, 49, of 207 Holly Ridge with manufacturing marijuana, possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, two counts of trafficking marijuana, maintaining a dwelling for sale and delivery and felony possession of cocaine, sheriff’s officials announced Tuesday.

The investigation that led to Christianer’s arrest was prompted by an anonymous tip, according to the sheriff’s office.

Deputies went to Christianer’s home Friday and discovered an indoor marijuana growing operation. The officers seized 508 marijuana plants and 6 grams of cocaine.

Christianer was taken to the Chatham County jail, where he was placed under $100,000 bail.

News & Observer is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service