Sheriff: Brunswick detectives arrest two people, seize $145K worth of marijuana plants is your source for free news and information in the Wilmington area.

Esther Virginia Todd
Esther Virginia Todd

Two people have been arrested on charges of growing marijuana at a Brunswick County home.

Matthew Ryan Beach, 33, and Esther Virginia Todd, 29, both of Deer Drive SW in Supply, were arrested Thursday after a brief investigation prompted by community tips and complaints, according to Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Spokeswoman Emily Flax.

Detectives seized 48 marijuana plants with an estimated street value of $145,000, Flax said. The plants equate to more than 3,000 grams of marijuana.

According to arrest warrants, Beach and Todd are charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver 3,338 grams of marijuana, as well as growing marijuana.

Arrest warrants also state the two are charged with resisting a Brunswick County sheriff’s deputy by reportedly attempting to burn the marijuana in the fireplace of their Deer Drive residence.

Matthew Ryan Beach
Matthew Ryan Beach

Beach and Todd have been charged with felony possession of marijuana; possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver marijuana; manufacturing marijuana; maintaining a dwelling for marijuana; simple possession of a schedule IV controlled substance; simple possession of a schedule III controlled substance; resisting a public officer and possession of marijuana paraphernalia.

Beach and Todd were booked at the Brunswick County jail under $20,000 secured bonds.

Christina Haley is a crime reporter at Port City Daily. Reach her at (910) 772-6337 or