Crime

DEA arrests two in grow operation

By Clint Parker

Weaverville – According to a report, a Weaverville area home was raided by officers of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) on October 2nd. According to documents obtained by the Tribune from the Federal Courthouse in Asheville, two people were indicted on October 1st for a marijuana grow operation with arrest warrants issued on October 2nd.
Michelle Mescall and William James Mescall were charged with one count of “possession with the intent to manufacture involving more than 100 but less than 1,000 marijuana plants.”

The time of this alleged operation was some time between 2015 and October 24th, 2016, according to the charges obtained by the Tribune from the federal courthouse.

They were also charged with possession “with the intent to distribute a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of marijuana.”
An initial appearance by both Mescalls on October 9th before Federal Judge Carleton Metcalf in Asheville where both asked for the appointment of counsel and the government did not oppose the release of either. Judge Metcalf gave both a $25,000 unsecured bond.

On October 11th both pleaded not guilty and were ordered to appear in front of Judge Martin Reidinger on January 6th of next year.
The Tribune reminds its readers that all suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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