Police stumble on $500mn opium poppy field in North Carolina

Undercover deputies in Catawba County, North Carolina stumbled on a field of opium poppy plants while conducting a separate investigation. The property owner, Cody Xiong was charged with manufacturing and trafficking opium, both felonies. An undercover sheriff deputy was at Xion’s property conducting a warrantless “knock and talk,” following up on a tip about another […]

‘I guess you’re here about the opium’: Police find $500 million in poppy plants by accident in North Carolina

REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic CLAREMONT, N.C. (AP) — A field of poppy plants that could be used to make opium was discovered in North Carolina and had an estimated value of $ 500 million, a sheriff says. Catawba County Sheriff Coy Reid said the only other opium poppy plant field found in the U.S. this year was […]