- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 30, 2016

LEXINGTON, N.C. (AP) - An investigation is underway after Davidson County authorities say they discovered 17 trash bags full of marijuana, worth more than $800,000, inside a gutted home.

The Davidson County Sheriff’s Office tells news organizations that more than 500 pounds of marijuana was seized Monday from the Lexington residence.

Authorities say the home had seven grow rooms.

Sheriff David Grice says the residence was gutted and had an estimated $100,000 worth of modifications to support the grow operation.

The home was being rented by two people. Grice says those two unidentified individuals have been detained and charges are likely.

Officials say the renters were stealing power for the home and blew a transformer in the area Saturday night, prior to investigators receiving a tip about the operation.

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