65 pounds of marijuana found in police dispatcher’s home; husband charged, deputies say


Sixty-five pounds of marijuana and a stolen handgun were found at a Hickory police dispatcher’s home in Catawba County, officials said Tuesday.

The police dispatcher’s husband, Blong Ly Vang, was arrested in the case.

Investigators said they went to the dispatcher’s home in Claremont while investigating heavy drug traffic in the area. Investigators said they were initially given permission to search the home, but say the homeowners revoked consent after investigators found 3 pounds of marijuana.

Investigators used a search warrant and found two large plastic storage containers that “held numerous bundles of high grade marijuana,” digital scales, a vacuum sealer and another weapon.

Deputies said the 65 pounds of marijuana had a street value of $130,000.

Vang was charged with felony trafficking marijuana by possession, felony possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, felony maintaining a dwelling for controlled substances, felony possession of a weapon by a felon and felony possession of a stolen firearm.

Vang was being held in the Catawba County Detention Facility with bond set at $250,000.

Hickory police said the dispatcher is no longer employed with the department and an internal investigation is planned.