HIDDENITE, N.C. -- An Alexander County man is behind bars after deputies found 500 pounds of marijuana inside his business.

Authorities say an investigation that began in Iredell County last fall led them to Gary's Refrigeration on Old Mountain Road.

Owner Gary Lackey was arrested and charged with trafficking marijuana and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Deputies also searched Lackey's home and found several weapons and 5 pounds of marijuana.

Investigators say the total value of the pot is about $1.2 million.

Lackey is being held in jail under $100,000 bond. Authorities say his criminal record shows a prior conviction for cocaine distribution.

Iredell County narcotics detectives are investigating the case and say additional arrests are expected.

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