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Deputies: Couple grew pot, made moonshine

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A county-line couple faces multiple charges after authorities say they discovered an indoor marijuana growing operation and moonshine distillery inside their home.

Nash County sheriff’s officials received information that 53-year-old Anthony Wayne King and his wife, 52-year-old Terry Lynn King, were allegedly selling drugs out of their Riverpoint Road home, according to officials. The southern Nash County home has an Elm City address and is near the Rocky Mount-Wilson Regional Airport close to the Wilson County line.

Deputies say they went to the home on Monday. As officers spoke with the couple, officials said they could smell marijuana coming from inside the home.

Officials said the homeowners initially gave verbal consent to come inside the home, but once deputies found a small amount of marijuana, the couple changed their minds.

Officials then obtained a search warrant based on probable cause and searched the residence.

Deputies later found an indoor “plant grow setup” complete with lights, heat lamps and other equipment, according to the sheriff’s office.

They also find a homemade moonshine distillery in the home along with several guns, they said. Officers from the N.C. Alcohol Law Enforcement agency assisted with charges related to the illegal distillery.

The Kings were subsequently arrested.

Anthony King is charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a Schedule VI controlled substance, maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance, felony possession of marijuana, possession of a weapon of mass destruction, alter or remove a gun serial number, possession of a firearm by a felon, manufacturing liquor without a permit and possession of drug paraphernalia. He received a $25,500 bond.

Terry King is charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a Schedule VI controlled substance, maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, felony possession of marijuana and manufacturing liquor without a permit. She received a $10,500 bond.

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