150 marijuana plants in Columbus Co. home

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COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WECT) - A narcotics squad found more than 150 marijuana plants inside a Columbus County home.

They called it a "sophisticated pot growing operation."

The bust came after a three month investigation. Michael Kessler and Jay Dancy were charged with drug trafficking.

Authorities are still looking for two more people in connection with the crime.

Columbus County Sheriff Chris Batten says the marijuana business is getting more sophisticated moving from the outdoors to inside residential areas.

In this case, the home had surveillance cameras and special piping in the so-called "grow rooms."

"Mostly marijuana has always been grown out in the rural areas and now people are changing their habits because of our investigative tactics and they've started growing them under grow lights," said Sheriff Batten.

The drugs that were confiscated have a street value of up to $200,000.

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