A 57-year-old man was charged early Thursday with marijuana growing and trafficking for having what Wake County sheriff's deputies said was between 10 and 50 pounds at a sophisticated grow operation in his basement.
William Emmett Jordan, lives at 10229 Sauls Road, south of Garner and just north of N.C. Hwy 42.
Investigators wrote in the warrants that Jordan’s house held grow lights, humidifiers, fertilizer and insecticides, fans, timers and lights, and they charged him with using the house as a place to keep and sell drugs.
Investigators were questioning Jordan at their downtown Raleigh offices Wednesday night when he said he felt ill, Chief of Operations Richard Johnson said, and he was taken to WakeMed North Hospital at 10000 Falls of Neuse Road to be examined.
Jordan was taken from there to the Wake County Detention Center about 5:15 a.m. Thursday after doctors determined he did not need to be hospitalized, Johnson said.
A magistrate set Jordan’s bail at $200,000, and he was held in the detention center and scheduled for a Friday court appearance.
State records show Jordan was who was first arrested for marijuana possession in 1981 and put on probation.
He served about 14 months in prison after a felony conviction for possession in 1989 and was put on probation after a misdemeanor conviction in 1993.
Jordan was convicted of felony possession and manufacturing in 2006 and was again put on probation.
A 1986 conviction for felony marijuana possession resulted in 14 months in prison.
A misdemeanor possession charge in 1993 brought probation, as did two felony counts of which hew as convicted in 2006, state records show.