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Investigators charge man with possession of old marijuana growing operation

Rowan authorities issued a criminal summons for a man they said had the remains of a marijuana growing operation at his parents’ Faith home.
The Rowan County Sheriff’s Office served the summons on Nathan Randall Barger, 32, of the 1000 block of Deal Street, on Monday, nearly two weeks after investigators went to the home for a death investigation.
The sheriff’s office assisted the Granite Quarry-Faith Joint Police Authority, who were called to the home April 26 after a 24-year-old woman died of a drug overdose.
Upon searching the home, investigators found a marijuana growing operation located in Barger’s bedroom closet. There was a plastic tub with a cup full of dirt in the floor of the closet and a large metal lamp with a metal shield around it, a report said.
Investigators found another light in the closet with fluorescent bulbs. A metal vent, such as that used for a dryer, was cut into the wall of the closet. There was also a bag of Miracle-Gro plant food in the hallway. An investigator said Barger told them the operation was “old and non-operational,” the report said.
Barger told investigators his parents told him to get it out, but he hadn’t and he admitted the items belonged to him.
In 1999, Barger received probation following a misdemeanor conviction. He is expected in court later this month regarding a traffic citation.

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