NEWTON, N.C. -- A 37-year-old Catawba County man has been charged with growing hundreds of marijuana plants in his home, the sheriff s office says.

Justin McAllister, who lives on 16th Street N.E. near Hickory, was arrested Monday, according to the sheriff s office. Deputies say they received a tip and went to check his house. They say marijuana plants were visible from a window.

Authorities say they found more than 500 plants, with a street value of $1.3 million.

McAllister was charged with three felonies -- manufacturing marijuana; possession with intent to sell, manufacture or distribute marijuana; and possession of marijuana. He was jailed under $10,000 bond and will make his first court appearance Monday.

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