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Wilmington man accused of running pot grow house


WILMINGTON, NC (NEWS RELEASE) -- A Wilmington man is in custody under $200,000 secure bond after WPD Vice-Narcotics investigators served search warrants at both of his addresses – the house where he had been living, and the address he maintained for the sole purpose of growing marijuana.

Michael Neal Bowman, d.o.b. 2-5-1980, of Wilmington was arrested Monday night after investigators executed search warrants at 5714 Wisteria Lane and 213 N. 6th Street.

Investigators obtained the search warrants after developing information that Bowman was operating a "grow house" at 5714 Wisteria Lane. On Monday evening, they executed the search warrants at the Wisteria Lane address and at Bowman’s residence at 213 N. 6th Street.

Investigators confiscated approximately 13 pounds of marijuana in the house on Wisteria Lane. The house was thoroughly equipped for growing marijuana, but contained no other furnishings, food or supplies that would indicate that anyone actually was living there. Investigators seized approximately $2,000 cash and a couple of ounces of marijuana at Bowman’s residence on N. 6th Street.

Bowman was arrested and charged with numerous drug-related offenses, including trafficking marijuana by possession and by manufacture, maintaining a residence for drugs, possession with intent to sell/deliver, and possession with intent to sell/deliver within 1000 feet of a city park. Bowman’s booking photo is attached.

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