Deputies arrested a Union man they believe to be responsible for growing over $2 million worth of marijuana plants, the Union County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday.
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Steve Allen Nelon is charged with trafficking marijuana more than 100 plants but less than 1,000 at his home on Santuc Drive in Union; trafficking marijuana more than 1,000 plants but less than 10,000 at a plot of land away from his home; and cultivating marijuana on lands of another.
David Taylor, of the Sheriff’s Office, said the Union County Narcotics unit discovered 1,097 plants in a wooded area off Highway 72 in Carlisle. Investigators also found 147 plants and two freshly bulked bags at Nelon’s home on Santuc Drive in Union.
Taylor said the marijuana totaled $2, 248,000 and that this is the third time Nelon has been arrested for growing marijuana.
The Union County Narcotics Units has been watching Nelon’s large marijuana field for approximately two months when deputies arrested him Tuesday, Taylor said.
Taylor also said the marijuana battle is something Union County officers continue to face with their rural areas. Taylor said this makes Union County to drug trafficking.
Modern technology helps the Narcotics Unit monitor this type of growing throughout the county, Taylor said.
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