• Over 100 marijuana plants found in Charlotte home

    By: Sarah Rosario


    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - UPDATE: JUNE 17, 2013: Brandon Willis was cleared of all charges in this story that Channel 9 reported on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012.  Willis sent Channel 9 documents from the Mecklenburg County courthouse clearing him of all charges.

    More than 100 marijuana plants were found in a home in northwest Charlotte Tuesday night. Officers were responding to a break-in call on Braden Drive and as soon as they walked in they smelled drugs, according to police.

    Eyewitness News waited with officers when they got a warrant to search the house. When officers finally got inside, they described what they found as an elaborate system. They seized a total of 114 marijuana plants from inside and the system set up to grow them.

    "All the bedrooms upstairs had different stages of growing. From baby plants up to mature plants that were getting ready for harvest," said Sgt. Mark Faulkenberry.

    Neighbors were shocked at the sight of what the officers were bringing out of the house. Along with the plants, officers seized grow lights, humidifiers and a security surveillance system. They also found ventilation and irrigation systems hard-wired and hooked to the main plumbing of the house. Officers said it all belonged to Brandon Wills, a convicted felon, already on probation. Neighbors knew him as "B" but said they didn't see him very often.

    "That house is always dark, dreary, it never drew any attention, you never see any cars out there," said neighbor Sharon Davis.

    Officers said it's because no one lived there.

    "The house was obviously used for marijuana growing, it's not what residents used for sleeping quarters," said Faulkenberry.

    Eyewitness News was on the scene shortly after officers responded to the break-in call. When they got there the suspects were gone, but police said whoever broke in was trying to steal weed.

    Officers said they're not sure if the people who broke in were able to get away with anything from the house. When caught they will be charged with breaking and entering. Officers are still looking for the homeowner and said Wills will face a list of charges, including possible trafficking charges.

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