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Carroll man arrested after deputy smells pot

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The arrest arises after a deputy served warrants at the home.

By Staff Reports

HILLSVILLE — A 40-year-old Carroll County man faces drug charges after a deputy smelled the odor of marijuana smoke coming from a Comanche Lane home last Wednesday, according to Sheriff J.B. Gardner.
Sgt. Bobby Lyons had responded to the home at 94 Comanche Lane to serve a felony arrest warrant on the owner, the sheriff explained in a press release.
“When the owner, Eric Brinegar, opened the door, Sgt. Lyons observed a strong odor of marijuana coming from the residence,” according to the sheriff’s office. “Upon a search of the residence, approximately 10 pounds of processed marijuana was discovered in a child’s bedroom.”

The drugs are worth about $35,000, Gardner said.
A small grow room was discovered in the garage, where deputies seized lights and other growing equipment. They also took possession of a shotgun, about $3,000 in cash and a BMW sports utility vehicle from the residence, according to the press release.
Deputies called for assistance from Carroll County Social Services to assess the home and the children’s welfare, due to the amount of marijuana found in the child’s bedroom, authorities say.
Brinegar faces charges of distribution of marijuana while in possession of a firearm, manufacturing marijuana and distribution of marijuana, according to the deputies.
The investigation continues and more charges could be filed.
Lyons received assistance at the scene from deputies Shannon Goad, Justin Haga and Joe Utt; Sheriff Gardner and members of the Twin County Drug Task Force.