A field with about $500 million worth of plants used for opium, morphine and heroin was accidentally uncovered in North Carolina while authorities were investigating something else, the Hickory Daily Record reports.
“This is the second one in the nation. One of our narcotics investigators came to the house looking for something else. When he knocked on the door, the guys said ‘I guess you’re here about the opium," Catawba County sheriff Coy Reid said.
The one-acre field was discovered Tuesday in Claremont, NC, which is about 40 miles north of Charlotte, according to NBC News.
The Catawba County Sheriff's Office told NBC, "All total investigators removed and seized over 2,000 pounds of opium poppy plants found growing on the property along with multiple firearms and ammunition."
Cody Xiong was arrested on site and charged with two felonies, one for trafficking in opium, NBC reports. He posted $45,000 bail and was released.