Woman busted for growing $235,000 in marijuana

Jan. 17, 2013 @ 05:37 PM

The Union County Sheriff's Office found $235,000 worth of marijuana plants on the second floor of a Monroe residence Wednesday.

In all 81 plants were found at 318 Oak Drive in Monroe.

Elisandra Santos Carvalho, 33, of the address has been charged in connection with the grow operation.

Officers were following up on a lead that took them to residence on Oak Drive. After obtaining a search warrant for the property, they found the entire second floor of the residence filled with marijuana plants of varying sizes, Capt. Ronnie Whitaker of Union County Sheriff's Office said.

"The plants ranged from a foot to six feet tall,"  Whitaker said.

According to Union County Jail staff, Carvalho posted bond Wednesday morning and was released from the jail.

She faces trafficking in marijuana, maintain vehicle/dwelling/place and possession with intent to sell and deliver drug-marijuana and advertisement of drug paraphernalia charges. All of the charges except for the advertisement of drug paraphernalia, which is a misdemeanor charge, are felony charges, according to Union County Jail staff.

Carvalho was under a $30,000 bond and has a March 12 court date.