Ocra­coke man charged with grow­ing mar­i­juana at Cape Hat­teras seashore

Richmond Times-Dispatch Weekend - - NEWS -

OCRA­COKE, N.C. — Fed­eral prose­cu­tors say in­ves­ti­ga­tors have found more than sea­weed at the Cape Hat­teras Na­tional Seashore.

A North Carolina man has been ar­rested and charged with grow­ing mar­i­juana among the sea oats on the pro­tected land on the Outer Banks.

The U.S. At­tor­ney’s Of­fice in Raleigh said in a news re­lease that James Daniel Gar­rish III of Ocra­coke was ar­rested Tues­day and charged with cul­ti­vat­ing mar­i­juana on fed­eral prop­erty.

Gar­rish also is charged with in­tro­duc­ing plants into the park ecosys­tem, lit­ter­ing, tres­pass­ing, and de­fac­ing and dam­ag­ing real prop­erty. It was not known if he has a lawyer.

Au­thor­i­ties said the mar­i­juana was found on the in­land side of Ocra­coke Island.

Ocra­coke Island is home to Ocra­coke Vil­lage, a for­mer fish­ing set­tle­ment that has be­come a busy summer tourist desti­na­tion.

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