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The Stokes County Sheriff busted a multi-million dollar marijuana-growing and processing operation in Lawsonville on July July 31 after a search warrant was executed on Snow Hill Church Road in Lawsonville, where they located 3,750 marijuana plants growing on the property, behind a residence.

Officers arrested two individuals of the same address: Aurelio Garcia Penaloza, age 43 was charged with Trafficking by Possession Schedule VI substance (marijuana) and Conspire to Traffic a Schedule VI substance; and Alberto Ramirez Garcia, age 30, charged with Trafficking by Possession a Schedule VI substance and Conspire to Traffic a Schedule VI substance. Both individuals were held with a $250,000.00 secured bond.

Officers searched the house and located processed marijuana and three guns. The marijuana plants had a street value of $8,950,000. The Stokes County Sheriff Office was assisted by Mayodan Police Department, the N.C. Highway Patrol, the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office, DEA, SBI and the NC Department of Revenue in the investigation.

Sheriff Marshall stated: “This investigation involved patience, commitment and experience. Me and my Officers are each committed to fighting this war on drugs. Illegal Drug producers and drug dealers need to understand that we are constantly ready to fight this battle. My Officers and I each have the experience to know what to look for and we also know that patience in the right circumstances will catch a big fish.”

Sheriff Marshall further stated: “This was a very good investigation that involved both teamwork and hard work.”

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