LINCOLNTON, N.C. -- A three-month long investigation netted one arrest and thousands of dollars worth of marijuana.

After three months of surveillance and several tips, narcotics officers with the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office obtained a probable cause search warrant for a mobile home off Mack Ballard Road. The warrant was executed late Wednesday night.

Officials say the walls of the mobile home had been gutted to house what they called an extravagant marijuana growing operation.

In total, 18 marijuana plants weighing 7.5 pounds were seized from the home. Authorities say the street value of the plants ranges between $8000 and $15,000, depending on the packaging.

Raymond William Taylor, 66, was arrested on site and charged with one felony count each of possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver controlled substance, manufacturing a controlled substance and maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance. Additionally, Taylor faces a misdemeanor drug paraphernalia charge,

Taylor was booked in to the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $25,000 bond.

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