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Police make three arrests after finding 100 pot plants


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Three people are behind bars after police found nearly 100 marijuana plants at a Wilmington home.

Wilmington Police searched the Copley Road home of Ben and Jennifer Stevens and found 11 pounds of marijuana yesterday. The Stevenses and Sandra Eschert face numerous drug charges including trafficking marijuana.

It's the second time in six months police arrested Ben Stevens. They picked him up in July after seizing more than 300 pot plants from a home on Nun Street.

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Marijuana Arrests

I am very tired of seeing people arrested on marijuana-related charges. No, it's not legal here, but the fact that almost every state in the country has had legislation introduced to de-criminalize Marijuana, speaks volumes about it's lack of worthiness as a focus for "DEA" and other law enforcement affiliates. I won't go into the cost of investigation man-hours, and the cost of court proceedings. You get the picture. A giant Money-hole to pour our tax dollars into, at a time when a lot of North Carolinians can't afford to keep a roof over their heads. According to the U.S. Justice Department, a single prisoner costs tax payers on average, between $22,000 and $25,000 a year. That's about how much it would cost for my daughter to attend college,...if I could afford to send her. I'm a non-smoker. This isn't a preferential issue, but it is certainly a personal one. Personal to me, and every other tax-payer in this financially distressed State.
Joan Davis
The Olvis Foundation