GARLAND — An anonymous tip cultivated another drug bust for the Sampson County Sheriff’s Office, which seized 15 marijuana plants and placed a Garland man behind bars.
Michaelangelo Maurice Murphy, 44, of 2435 Harrells Hwy., Garland, was arrested and charged with felony offenses of manufacturing marijuana, maintain a dwelling for a controlled substance and possession of a firearm by felon, as well as misdemeanor counts of possession of a Scheduled IV controlled substance and resist, delay and obstruct.
According to information released Friday, agents with the Sheriff’s Special Investigations Division received a tip about a possible marijuana grow operation located behind the residence. On Thursday, agents responded to the residence to investigate the complaint. When they arrived at the home, the agents were not only met by Murphy at the front door, but by an odor of marijuana coming from inside the residence.
When they attempted to detain Murphy based on that odor, the man fled on foot before being apprehended and detained.
A search warrant for the residence was obtained, yielding “a few marijuana plants inside and then several other plants behind the residence,” reports state. In all, approximately 15 marijuana plants were seized as a result of the search, as well as a small amount of methamphetamines, drug paraphernalia and a firearm.
Murphy was placed under $35,000 bond.
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