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By JENNIFER HORTONThe Wilson Post

A Lebanon man was arrested Sunday night and is expected to face charges after authorities discovered close to 50 pounds of marijuana, weapons including an assault rifle and more than $10,000 in cash.

Arrested was Vance Clemmons, 22, of 229 East Old LaGuardo Road, Lebanon.

Wilson County Sheriff Terry Ashe said authorities served a search warrant and at the residence where they reportedly found about 50 pounds of marijuana, an SKS assault rifle, two handguns and $10,207 in cash.

Clemmons, said Det. Jeremy Reich, has a juvenile record.

“He’s somebody known to us,” Ashe added.

Reich noted that the marijuana that was confiscated was “high-end” and would bring $2,000 to $2,500 per pound, making the amount seized worth $100,000 to $125,000.

Sunday’s arrest is not connected to recent efforts by the Sheriff’s Department, Lebanon Police Department and state and federal agencies to arrest those in the area suspected of various crimes including those that are gang-related, the sheriff said.

Even so, Ashe said authorities continue to find assault rifles, large amounts of cash and drugs among many that they arrest. That is why local officials are working to take as many cases as possible to federal authorities where penalties are much stiffer.

Ashe said other people may be charged in the matter and added the case will be presented to the grand jury which is in session this week.

Editor Jennifer Horton may be contacted at news@wilsonpost.com.

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