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ROWANCOUNTY, N.C. -- More than 500 pounds of marijuana was discovered this week at a Rowan County home, nearly three months after the arrest of an accused drug trafficker who lived at the residence.

Authorities say the drugs were found Tuesday by a property owner who was doing a construction project at the residence in the 200 block of Russell Farm Road. The drugs were inside of a metal compartment that had been buried under the ground, according to a news release from the Rowan County Sheriff s Office.

The newly-discovered drugs have a wholesale value of $531,000, authorities said. Investigators say the drugs apparently have been hidden underground since a Sept. 13 police search at the home.

In the earlier case, deputies found 40 pounds of marijuana and arrested 31-year-old Ismael Garcia-Gonzalez.

Gonzalez, who was charged with trafficking in marijuana, was still being held without bond Friday at the Rowan County Detention Center.

The sheriff s office said additional charges and arrests are possible after the discovered of the drugs this week.

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