BULLS GAP — Hawkins Co. Sheriff’s Deputies who responded to a complaint call about fireworks found more than the officers expected: nearly two dozen illegal marijuana plants growing in planters.
Deputy Michael Godsey said that he was dispatched about 6:37 p.m. on July 6, 2019, to an address in the 100 block of Lautner Road, in Bulls Gap, after a report was received that a child was shooting fireworks at neighbors’ children and pets.
At the residence, Godsey said, he spoke with the grandmother and advised her that her neighbors did not want the child back on their property.
At that time, however, two planters caught his eye that contained what appeared to be marijuana plants growing inside.
Godsey said that he made contact with Jonathan Wayne Hayes, 24, and Samantha Jo Peters, 31, who were inside a camper at the residence, inquired about the “pot” plants and asked if there were more marijuana plants growing at the residence.
Hayes gave permission to Godsey to search property around the residence and also volunteered that another marijuana plant could be found behind the camper.
Godsey said that four other planters were found in the front yard — “in plain sight” — which totaled seven planters with 22 plants growing.
After gathering up the illegal weed, Godsey charged both Hayes and Peters with manufacturing/delivery/sale of a Schedule 6 controlled substance and transported both to the Hawkins Co. Jail where they were booked.