A Sampson County man is facing a felony charge after a tip from a concerned citizen led deputies his residence where they found a marijuana plant growing in his back yard.
Timothy Barber, 56, of 288 Hanson Road, was arrested and charged with manufacturing marijuana after the plant was discovered.
According to reports from the Sampson County Sheriff’s Office, released Friday, the arrest took place on Monday, Oct. 22, around 4 p.m. When a deputy responded to the tip, reports show, he noticed the plant growing immediately because it was in “plain view” of the officer.
Cpl. Marcus Smith said Friday morning that the arrest report was delayed a week because it was being looked at in connection with another investigation, however, Smith said he could not comment about the case any further.
“I wouldn’t even want to speculate on it,” he said.
Barber was placed under a $5,000 secured bond. Investigators seized one plant in the incident and later destroyed it.
According to the North Carolina Department of Corrections, Barber has no previous convictions.
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