An attorney who works in Raleigh and Johnston County has been accused of helping operate marijuana grow houses in Orange County.
Joseph Lee Levinson of Levinson & Axford in Raleigh and Levinson Law Firm in Benson is named in a federal indictment handed up by a grand jury in the U.S. Middle District of North Carolina in mid-December.
The indictment accuses Levinson of receiving cash and drugs as payment for his part in an illegal drug-growing operation alleged to have occurred at six houses throughout Orange County between 2005 and 2010.
According to the indictment, Levinson helped obtain the homes and used his law office to help with the paperwork. Prosecutors contend he was paid nearly $10,000 from investors in a scheme that is said to have generated nearly $2 million.
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Aubrey Manasseh Pruitt, Dustin Garrett Fisher and Jotham Walker Pruitt also are named in the indictment.
Levinson is scheduled to appear in federal court in Winston-Salem on Jan. 6.