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350 pounds of marijuana confiscated after shooting in Alexander County

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Deputies investigating an Alexander County shooting turned up 350 pounds of marijuana this week.

Alexander County Sheriff Chris Bowman said it is the most marijuana he has seen in one place in 15 years. “It’s always been around, but to find this much quantity at one place, at one time, has just not been found in our county in many many years,” he said.

Two people were shot Tuesday in the Sugar Loaf community. As of Thursday, both victims in the shooting are still hospitalized and in stable condition.

Bowman said the shooting may be linked to a drug deal that went wrong.

The two victims in the shooting are expected to face drug charges following their release from the hospital.

On Tuesday, officers with the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office, Taylorsville Police Department, North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation and North Carolina Department of Public Safety-Probation responded to a residence on Taylor Ridge Road off Old Wilkesboro Road, where they found a male with a gunshot wound to the abdomen and another man who had a gunshot wound to the right arm and left hand, according to a news release from the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office.

Both people were treated by Alexander County EMS.

The person shot in the abdomen was taken via helicopter to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. The person with a wound to the arm and hand was transported via ambulance to Iredell Memorial Hospital. He was later transferred to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem.

A search warrant for the home on Taylor Ridge Road was executed after the shooting, the release stated. A search of the premises turned up about 350 pounds of vacuum-sealed packages containing marijuana and various concentrated forms of THC that are derived from marijuana, including wax and candy.

“The wax itself (is) several times stronger than what the marijuana leaf itself would be,” Bowman said.

The narcotics have an approximate street value of $525,000, according to authorities.

“We’re being told the street value is $1,500 a pound (of marijuana),” Bowman said.

Investigators also reported finding $241,000 at the scene.

Bowman said at least one child lives at the residence, but the child was not there at the time of the shooting. “I think it goes to show that people are more concerned about money than the lives of their own children,” he said.

Bowman said the drugs will be destroyed in an incinerator.

Investigators are still working on finding out where the narcotics came from and where they were going. “It wouldn’t surprise me if it were going all over the United States,” Bowman said.

Nathaniel Lee Davis, 23, of Taylorsville, was charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, felony trafficking marijuana, felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a controlled substance, felony maintaining a vehicle or dwelling for a controlled substance and felony possession of a controlled substance. He is being held under a $235,000 secured bond.

Timothy Jordan Heffner, 26, of Statesville, was charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, felony trafficking marijuana, felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a controlled substance and felony possession of Schedule VI controlled substance. He is being held under a $210,000 secured bond.

Christina Jean Ledford, 22, of Taylorsville, was charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, felony trafficking marijuana, felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a controlled substance, felony maintaining a vehicle or dwelling for a controlled substance and felony possession of a controlled substance. She is being held under a $235,000 secured bond.

Marco Duzell Banks, 18, of Danville, Virginia, was charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, felony trafficking marijuana, felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a controlled substance and felony possession of Schedule VI controlled substance. He is being held under a $210,000 secured bond.

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