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News Franklin residents arrested for marijuana production

Robert Drew Houston (L) and Terry Lynn Choppy (R)Macon County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested a Franklin man and woman after uncovering a marijuana production operation in the county.

According to arrest reports, Terry Lynn Choppy, 35, and Robert Drew Houston, 33, both of Hatfield Road in Franklin, were arrested on Oct. 2 and confined to the Macon County Detention Center under $5,000 secured bonds respectively.

Choppy and Houston are both being charged with one felony count of manufacturing marijuana, one felony count of possession of marijuana with intent to sell and deliver and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Although the exact amount of marijuana is still unknown, by North Carolina law, felony charges of possession can only be applied if caught with more than 1 ½ ounces.

According to the arrest reports, both Choppy and Houston had consumed drugs and/or alcohol at the time of their arrest at their Hatfield Road residence.

The arresting officer in the case was Brent Holbrooks. As of Wednesday, Houston and Choppy remained in custody. Both suspects are expected to appear in court on Oct. 20.

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