Tennessee probation officer charged with growing marijuana

Jeff Bobo • Sep 10, 2008 at 12:00 AM

ROGERSVILLE — A Tennessee probation/parole officer who works in Hawkins County and neighboring counties was arrested Friday after an officer attempting to serve court papers allegedly spotted a marijuana plant growing on her front porch.

As of Wednesday, the arrest warrant had not been filed for Julie Juanita Trent, 36, 107 Brooks Road, Mooresburg, because the arresting officer became ill and missed a few days of work. Sheriff Roger Christian said a warrant charging Trent with manufacturing marijuana, violation of the Drug Control Act and possession of drug paraphernalia will likely be filed in the sessions court clerk’s office today.

Trent’s employer is listed on her Hawkins County Jail intake sheet as the Tennessee Board of Probation and Parole.

“On September 5th one of our officers went to her residence to issue a civil process. He had a civil paper to be served on Ms. Trent,” Christian said Wednesday. “No one was at home, and he couldn’t get anyone to come to the door, but he looked there on the porch and found a marijuana plant growing that had been potted. The officer seized the plant and brought it back to the sheriff’s office.

“A narcotics officer was informed and obtained a search warrant and a short time later returned to the residence.”

This time, Trent was at home when the officer arrived. A search of her residence allegedly revealed a small amount of marijuana, partially smoked marijuana joints, several unknown pills and an unspecified number of metal and glass pipes, Christian said.

Dennis Ralph DeBorde, 47, was listed as a resident of the Trent house as well and was also charged with manufacturing marijuana, violation of the Drug Control Act and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Both are scheduled for arraignment in Hawkins County Sessions Court on Monday.

The Times-News received information about this case after business hours Wednesday and was unable to contact the Tennessee Board of Probation and Parole to inquire if any action has been taken against Trent’s employment as a result of her arrest.

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