NC attorney accused of aiding marijuana growing business

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A Johnston County attorney is among those accused of growing marijuana for profit at "grow houses" in Orange County and concealing the profits.

WNCN-TV reports that a federal indictment says Joseph Lee Levinson received cash and drugs as payment during the operation.

Prosecutors say three other people ran the business from 2005 to 2010 at six different houses. The government says the operation was funded by several investors, and Levinson took $10,000 from those investors for himself.

The indictment also says Levinson used his law office to help with the fraudulent paperwork needed to get the properties where drugs were grown.

Levinson is set to appear in court Jan. 6. Attorneys listed as representing him did not immediately respond to an email message Thursday morning.


Information from: WNCN-TV.