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Four arrested in marijuana grow operation in Kitty Hawk

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Posted at 11:03 AM, Dec 19, 2013
and last updated 2013-12-19 11:03:30-05

Kitty Hawk, N.C. – Four people were arrested after Dare County Narcotics Task Force officers discovered a marijuana grow operation in a home in Kitty Hawk on December 11.

The grow operation does not appear to be related to another grow operation raided in November, according to officials.

Related: One arrested after marijuana, mushrooms and guns seized in Kitty Hawk raid

During their search officers found a quantity of marijuana and drug paraphernalia and two stolen firearms.

Four people were arrested:

– 25-year-old Raul Lupercio Jr. was charged with Possession of a Firearm by Felon and Manufacturing Marijuana. He was committed to the Dare County Detention Center in lieu of $60,000 bond.

– 21-year-old James E. Williams III was charged with Manufacturing Marijuana and is in the Dare County Detention Center in lieu of $25,000 bond.

– 20-year-old Cynthia Lynn Gambrell was charged with Manufacturing Marijuana and is in the Dare County Detention Center in lieu of $25,000 bond.

– 20-year-old Ashley Michelle Ortega was charged with Manufacturing Marijuana and was released on $25,000 bond.

“Once again, I congratulate Lt. Kevin Duprey and the members of the Dare County Narcotics Task Force on a job well done,” said Sheriff Doug Doughtie.

“Through their efforts and those of our Law Enforcement Partners, we are working to keep Dare County a safer place to live and work.  I encourage citizens to continue to send information to us through the Dare Community Crime Line at 252-473-3111 or at the Sheriff’s

The Dare County Narcotics Task Force consists of officers from the Dare County Sheriff’s Office, The Nags Head Police Department, The Kill Devil Hills Police Department, The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation and the North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement Division.