Two students arrested for growing marijuana

Chelsey Fisher

Two Appalachian State University students were arrested this week after Caldwell County Sheriff’s deputies discovered a marijuana growing operation in the home they were renting.

Senior Jordan Holder was arrested in Boone on Monday and junior Elizabeth Roden turned herself in Wednesday, said Robin Dula, Caldwell County Sheriff’s office narcotics secretary.

Both Holder and Roden have been charged with one count of felonious possession with intent to sell marijuana, one count of felonious manufacturing marijuana and one count of felonious maintaining a dwelling to store a controlled substance. Each has been issued a $5,000 secured bond.

A concerned citizen reported that the door to the students’ rental home at 5959 Waterfalls Road in Lenoir had been left open for two days with “no sign of the tenants,” according to a press release. Consequentially, deputies entered the home March 14 finding “numerous marijuana plants growing” in plain view.

Deputies received a warrant to search the home that same day while the students were away for spring break.

In the basement, 103 marijuana plants and 50 grams of packaged marijuana were found, Dula said. The total value of the marijuana found was $257,500.

Roden made her first appearance in court Thursday.

Story: JOSHUA FARMER, News Editor