Roy W Royal
Roy W Royal

Marijuana Farm Bust Nails Convicted Felon

August 8, 2011: According to Sheriff Ed Graybeal, Officers have arrested Roy W. Royal, age 53, 1387 Highway 107 following an investigation into stolen vehicles and drugs.

Deputies received information that a vehicle stolen from an Elizabethton Auto Sales lot was on Royals' property. Officers also received information in regards to the reported auto thief also being on Royals' property.

When Deputies responded to the residence to search for the stolen vehicle they located Marijuana plants growing in plain view in the back yard of the home and found the stolen vehicle stuck in a wooded area behind the home. Investigators were called in to assist with a thorough search of the area surrounding the home and the home itself. Inside the home deputies located a basic indoor marijuana grow complete with grow lights, ballasts, chemicals, timers, etc.

Royal's history includes Felony convictions which prevent him from legally owning Firearms and ammunition. During the search a large amount of ammunition was located inside the home.

75 marijuana plants were removed from the property including plants being grown inside and outside the home. Investigators also recovered approximately 1/4 pound of processed marijuana, and digital scales. The street value of the drugs would be approximately $75,000.

Royal was charged with Possession of Stolen Property, Manufacture of Schedule VI, Possession of Schedule VI for Resale and Maintaining a Dwelling Where Controlled Substances are Used and Sold.

Royal's bond was set at $25,000. Royal will be arraigned this morning at 0900.