53-year-old Eugene Dwayne Endicott of Coconut Way in Vale has been charged by Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Officers with one felony count each of trafficking in marijuana and manufacturing marijuana. He also has an outstanding warrant from Gaston County for littering. Shortly before noon today (June 25), Endicott had not been arrested on the charges.
He was charged after Sheriff’s Deputies went to the 7000 block of Coconut Way around noon yesterday looking for a person who was wanted by authorities in Gaston County. Unable to locate the subject, the Deputies parked in the Coconut Way cul-de-sac to discuss the case.
While on the scene, Deputies received a tip that marijuana was being grown behind an outbuilding in a backyard. Deputies checked behind the building and found two marijuana plants approximately four feet tall behind a large black culvert pipe that blocked the view from the road. As Officers continued to search area, they found another large group of marijuana plants in an overgrown area.
Narcotics Investigators arrived and seized a total of 57 marijuana plants weighing 14 pounds. If the plants had reached full maturity, they would have had a street value of $50,000.
The investigation is ongoing.