Opium poppy plants found in North Carolina worth $500M: sheriff

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An acre-wide opium poppy field plant found in Catawba County, N.C.

CLAREMONT, N.C.– A field of poppy plants that could be used to make opium was found in North Carolina and had actually an approximated worth of $500 million, < a href=" "> a constable tells CBS affiliate WBTV.Catawba County Sheriff Coy Reid stated the only other opium poppy plant field found in the U.S. this year was in California.The acre of poppy plants remained in rows, just like how corn would be planted, in a field behind a house. He told the station samples were sent out to a state laboratory to confirm the plants remain in fact opium poppy, but added that little doubt stayed that they were.

“Among our narcotics detectives concerned the house trying to find something else. When he knocked on the door, the person said, ‘I guess you’re here about the opium,'” the sheriff said.The constable’s

office states Cody Xiong was arrested and charged with manufacture and trafficking by ownership. It’s unclear if he has a lawyer.Officials don’t believe opium was being made on the home.”The plants are being gathered here, and sent somewhere else where the opium is being produced from the plant,” Capt. Jason Reid stated told WBTV.Plants were being pulled up Tuesday and loaded into trailers.

Authorities tell the Charlotte Observer that$500 million is a rough estimate of the worth, due to the fact that the plants still require to be weighed. The plants are expected to be destroyed. © 2017 CBS Interactive Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be

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