A field of poppy plants worth an estimated $500 million was found in North Carolina.
An acre of poppy plants were discovered in rows in a field behind a Claremont home according to Yahoo! News.
"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,'" the sheriff said.
Cody Xiong was arrested on Tuesday and charged with manufacturing and trafficking by possession. No other arrests have been made as of yet.
Only one other opium poppy plant field has been found in the United States this year, which was in California.
"This is unbelievable. The DEA agent we talked to this morning while we were trying to get all of our facts together told us he only knew of one other poppy field that's been reported here in the nation," said Sheriff Coy Reid.
Deputies spent Tuesday pulling poppy plants and loading them into their trailers. Police stated that after hours of pulling, they barely made a dent in the field.
"The plants are being harvested here, and sent somewhere else where the opium is being produced from the plant," Capt. Jason Reid said told WBTV.
[Catawba County Sheriff's Office]
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