Officials: VA Officer's pot project takes a dip out of town's water supply

- A Veterans Administration Police Officers has been arrested for manufacturing marijuana, according to the Rowan County Sheriff's Office, using water from a town fire hydrant.

On Tuesday, the sheriff's office arrested Thomas Daniel Gaskins, 33, of Salisbury.

He was arrested on the basis of a warrant issued by the Mocksville PD on Monday, June 13, charging him with manufacturing marijuana, according to the sheriff's office.

The warrant stated between June 10 and June 13 Gaskins grew eleven marijuana plants in a wooded area, using water form a town fire hydrant. His bond was set at $10,000, according to the sheriff's office.

Gaskins provided consent to search the residence and then surrendered a small quantity of marijuana.

Investigators say during the search of the garage, investigators found evidence that a closet had been made into a grow room, with a ventilation system.

No growing marijuana was found in this room and there was no evidence that it had been used previously, according to investigators.

Officials say Gaskins will be charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana for the marijuana found is his residence.

Gaskins is employed as a Police Officer at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Salisbury, NC, and was previously a deputy with the Brunswick Co. Sheriff's Office in NC.

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