Written by Brian Freskos
Detectives on Thursday launched a raid on a Carolina Beach house under the Snow’s Cut Bridge, shutting down a sophisticated marijuana growing and distribution operation involving 50 plants and more than 39 pounds of packaged marijuana, authorities said.
The raid netted three arrests, including a fugitive who had been on the lam for six years and living under an alias. The fugitive, Dale Richard Hurley, 33, is wanted on charges out of Virginia for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine as well as allegedly violating probation by distributing methamphetamine, the Carolina Beach Police Department said Friday.
During their four-hour search and seizure, detectives from the Kure and Carolina Beach police departments also seized a variety of marijuana growing equipment–including thousands of dollars worth in grow lamps, hydroponic growing equipment, air and water filters, C02 tanks and growing manuals–during the raid at 608 Spencer Farlow Drive, authorities said. Additionally, detectives found drug paraphernalia and a pill bottle containing LSD, a hallucinogenic.
Detectives were initially alerted to the suspected growing operation by an anonymous tip. After a month-long investigation, authorities gathered enough evidence to draw search warrants and launch Thursday’s raids. Together, the seized marijuana holds an estimated street value of $150,000.
Aside from Hurley, 36-year-old Alma Landikusic and 28-year-old Ross Aaron Hardin have also been arrested in connection to the operation. Landikusic listed a home address as 333 Atlantic Ave. in Kure Beach, and Hardin reportedly lives at 2203 Merklebay Court in Wilmington. Each suspect was charged with a raft of marijuana-related charges and booked in the New Hanover County jail in lieu of a $100,000 bond.
Hurley, who was living under the name Luke Wolfe, was also charged with identity theft and being fugitive from justice. As reported on Cannabismag.com