Pair accused of taking 150 pounds of marijuana from storage shed

Rick Wagner • May 26, 2007 at 12:00 AM

KINGSPORT — Police have arrested a Kingsport man and charged him with burglary and possession of almost a quarter million dollars worth of marijuana.

That’s the street price for 150 pounds.

He and a 16-year-old male allegedly stole the marijuana and some tools from a storage facility.

A Kingsport Police Department news release said Scott Hemingway, 32, 2145 Happy Hills, Lot 6, admitted to stealing the 150 pounds of marijuana in two bundles, and tools from a storage facility. Police valued it at $240,000.

According to a police report released Saturday from Detective David Joe Cole, patrol Officer Scott Reid during a routine patrol Friday about 10:49 p.m. “observed two people carrying a large bundle behind the old Moose Lodge, off South John B. Dennis” Highway.

One was later identified as Hemingway, who the report said threw the bundle in the woods, and the other the juvenile who told the officer where he and Hemingway lived.

Officers went to the trailer and found Hemingway hiding in a space beneath a waterbed. After confronted that Reid had found the bundle in the woods to be marijuana, the report says, Hemingway admitted to taking two packages — one in a box, the other in clear wrap — plus some hand and power tools from two storage buildings at Southgate Storage.

Hemingway was charged with possession of more than 70 pounds of a schedule VI drug for resale, a Class B felony, and two counts of burglary.

He was being held on $30,000 bond Saturday night and is to be arraigned Tuesday.

The juvenile, unidentified because of his age, also was charged with the burglaries and transported to the Johnson City Juvenile Detention Center.

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