Volunteer High student accused of having 42 joints, 19 bottles of vodka on school grounds

Jeff Bobo • Feb 22, 2008 at 12:00 AM

CHURCH HILL — An 18-year-old Volunteer High School student has been expelled and now faces several criminal charges after school officials allegedly found a large supply of liquor and marijuana in his possession on school grounds Thursday afternoon.

VHS Principal Jim Dykes told the Times-News Friday that Joshua Hunter Cumbow, 18, 625 Mount Zion Road, Church Hill, appeared to be tipsy — unsteady on his feet — Thursday afternoon, which prompted school officials to search his pockets.

That initial search allegedly revealed Cumbow to be in possession of seven marijuana “joints” as well as a pipe, two small empty bottles of Smirnoff vodka, three small unopened bottles of vodka, cigarette rolling papers and $61 in cash.

Dykes said the little vodka bottles looked like the kind that are used on airlines — about one “shot” each.

According to an arrest warrant filed by Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office Deputy James Hagy, Assistant Principal Adrian Smith then searched Cumbow’s vehicle in the school parking lot, where another 35 marijuana joints and 16 little unopened bottles of vodka were found.

Hagy, who is also the Student Resource Officer at VHS, charged Cumbow with possession of marijuana for resale, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of alcohol on school property, underage possession of alcohol, and violation of the Drug Free School Zone Act.

“He’s been expelled, and law enforcement is handling the rest of it,” Dykes said. “Anytime you find contraband on school grounds it’s alarming. We suspect that he was (dealing drugs and alcohol).”

Cumbow spent about three hours in the Hawkins County Jail Thursday afternoon before being released on bond.

He is scheduled for arraignment in Hawkins County Sessions Court on Monday.

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