$7M in pot found at Robeson County home


ROBESON COUNTY, NC - Following a property owner's request to examine a vehicle at his Robeson County residence, an NCDMV License and Theft Bureau inspector on Thursday discovered a large marijuana growing operation and arrested the landowner in connection with growing the plants.

DMV agents and members of the Robeson County Sheriff's Narcotics Unit seized over 1,900 well-maintained marijuana plants growing on the property. The plants had an estimated street value of about $7.2 million.

Charles Edward Hammonds Sr., 67, of southern Robeson County, was arrested and charged with one count each of trafficking in a controlled substance, maintaining a dwelling for controlled substances and conspiracy to traffic in a controlled substance. He was arrested and transported to the Robeson County Detention Center and later released on a $25,000 secured bond.

The investigation is ongoing and an additional suspect is being sought for questioning.