West Ashley man arrested after pot farm found in closet
A West Ashley man surrendered to deputies this week after a tip that he was growing marijuana for sale inside his house.
Wade Randall Faucette, 54, of Norview Drive turned himself in Tuesday morning and was charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana and manufacturing of marijuana, Charleston County sheriff’s Maj. Jim Brady said.
Here’s what happened, according to the incident report.
Last month, a school resource deputy gave a detective photographs that showed marijuana in Mason jars inside Faucette’s house. The report notes that people who grow marijuana often store it in Mason jars to keep it fresh.
Narcotics detectives, armed with a warrant, searched Faucette’s house May 20. As soon as they entered, they noted the smell of raw marijuana and found plants growing in a bedroom closet. They confiscated more than 4 ounces of pot in 14 jars labeled with various strains of marijuana, more pot in plastic bags around the house, rolling papers, a Ph meter, and other accessories used to grow and roll marijuana.
Faucette told detectives he was growing pot but it was strictly for personal use. Faucette was caring for a student and was not arrested that day but promised to make arrangements to turn himself in.
He was released from the Charleston County jail on $10,000 bail on each charge.
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