Ex-UNCC star Rodney White Arrested For Marijuana-Growing Operation

by July 27, 2011

Unfortunate to see that Rodney White, a former hooper who led UNC Charlotte to the NCAA Tournament a decade ago, has gotten himself into a bit of trouble. Via the Charlotte Observer: “Rodney White, who led UNC Charlotte’s basketball team to the 2001 NCAA tournament and was a first-round NBA draft pick, was arrested Tuesday in Iredell County and charged with managing what investigators called ‘an elaborate’ marijuana-growing operation in Alexander and Iredell counties. White, 31, is scheduled for an initial court appearance today in Statesville, according to the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office. Investigators say they linked White to a marijuana-growing operation near the Alexander County town of Hiddenite. He was arrested at a home in Mooresville, along with a woman identified as Nicole Denise Jackson. Three young children were in the home, deputies say. … Detectives say the two men admitted their involvement in the operation. ‘During the search, an elaborate underground bunker was located, where detectives found a hidden marijuana grow room,’ Redmond said. Based on that discovery, agents got a search warrant for a residence on Montibello Drive in Mooresville. Redmond said detectives found more than four pounds of marijuana; an assortment of firearms; grow lights; planting materials; and other items used to grow marijuana. Investigators said they also found items that linked the residence to the Alexander County operation. White and Jackson were charged with felony manufacture of marijuana; felony possession of marijuana; maintaining a dwelling for marijuana; and possession of drug paraphernalia. White also was charged with conspiracy to manufacture marijuana, Redmond said.”