North Myrtle Beach man sentenced for growing over 100 marijuana plants

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – A North Myrtle Beach man was sentenced Wednesday to 20 years in prison for manufacturing and possessing with intent to distribute 100 or more marijuana plants, according to Department of Justice officials.

Christopher Harris was arrested at his North Myrtle Beach home after authorities obtained warrants charging him with manufacturing marijuana at the home, officials stated in a news release. Further investigation revealed that Harris was also involved in a large-scale grow operation in Ridgeville.

According to the release, Harris has multiple prior drug convictions and a prior kidnapping conviction.

Harris fled to Thailand on December 29, 2011, after pleading guilty in federal court and removing his court ordered electronic monitor, the release stated. Harris was located and arrested by the Royal Thai Police Immigration Bureau on June 1, 2012, aided by the U.S. Marshal Service.

Harris was extradited back to the United States and remained in custody until his sentencing. On Wednesday, he was sentenced to 240 months imprisonment, followed by eight years supervised release.