Ocracoke man arrested for cultivating marijuana on federal property

(MGN Online photo)

An Ocracoke man was arrested on Tuesday and charged with cultivating marijuana on federal property at the Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

James Daniel Garrish III was named in an indictment filed on May 2. If convicted, he could face up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine along with a term of up to three years supervised release.

In a press release from the N.C. Department of Justice, Garrish was charged with introducing plants into the park ecosystem, littering, trespassing, and defacing and damaging real property. Each of these charges carries up to six months’ imprisonment, a $5,000 fine, up to one year supervised release, and/or up to five years’ probation.

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