A request to check on the welfare of a juvenile at a home in Rowan County led detectives to find methamphetamine and marijuana and arrested a 16-year-old.

The Rowan County Sheriff’s Office reported that detectives from the Criminal Investigation Division went to a home in the 600 block of Pine Ridge Road Thursday after receiving information from the Rowan County Department of Social Services that a 16-year-old was at the residence alone because the parent had been arrested. The sheriff’s office indicated the teen is on probation and was using drugs and there were many visitors to the home.

When DSS and the sheriff’s office got to the house, detectives saw evidence of drug use, officials said. The residence was secured and detectives returned with a search warrant and additional investigators.

Detectives discovered 44 grams of methamphetamine, 84 grams of marijuana packaged for individual sale and 21 marijuana plants growing inside a camper at the residence, authorities said.

Three handguns, two rifles, a tactical shotgun and an assault rifle were seized.

Authorities said the 16-year-old has possible ties to a Latin street gang. The teen was taken into custody and charged as a juvenile.

The investigation is continuing.

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