- Associated Press - Thursday, August 2, 2018

BROADWAY, N.C. (AP) - Freshly baked pot brownies cooling on a stove confirmed North Carolina deputies were on the right track as they raided a marijuana growing operation.

A Lee County Sheriff’s Office statement says the raid Wednesday shut down a sophisticated growing operation at a home in Broadway. Deputies say they found numerous plants hanging in a closet for processing. A shed contained lamps and filtration equipment to eliminate odor.

Narcotics agents also found butter and oil infused with marijuana for making baked goods. They say the butter was used in the fresh brownies they found in the kitchen.

Police say 46-year-old Michael Cheeseman was held on a charge of trafficking marijuana.

The court clerk’s office says information about whether Cheeseman has an attorney likely wouldn’t be available until his court appearance Thursday.

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