Sheriff: $26K worth of marijuana seized in Iredell Co. investigation

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IREDELL COUNTY, N.C. - More than 2,900 grams of marijuana were seized after an investigation into the distribution of the drug in the Iredell County area, the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office said.

Two people were arrested in connection with the investigation. Investigators said Joseph Payne, 28, and John Tringas, 23, were involved with marijuana being transported from the Charlotte area and distributed in Iredell County.

The sheriff’s office said the investigation continued into the Charlotte area with the assistance of other agents in conducting a search warrant at Payne's residence.

More than 2,900 grams of marijuana, three handguns and more than $5,000 were seized in the investigation, according to the sheriff’s office. Officials said the marijuana is an exotic strain and has a street value of more than $26,000.

Payne and Tringas were charged with felony possession with the intent to sell and deliver marijuana, felony possession of marijuana and maintaining a vehicle. 

The sheriff’s office said more arrests are expected involving the investigation.