ADAM JORDAN BLAIR, left, and ERIC RYAN LINDHOLM
MOUNT CARMEL — Two Mount Carmel men had an 11-hour head start to remove marijuana, bongs and a large stash of firearms from their home before police returned Saturday night, but they didn’t do it.
Police officers attempting to serve an arrest warrant for failure to pay child support at 235 Belmont Ave., on Saturday afternoon didn’t get their man right away, but authorities did allegedly see a bong and smell marijuana.
When the officers returned to the address with a search warrant 11 hours later, they allegedly seized more than an ounce of marijuana, a cannon with gun powder and fuse and a small arsenal of guns, including an AR-15 assault rifle.
Mount Carmel Police Department Lt. Chris Jones and Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Sam Wilhoit went to 235 Belmont Ave., on Saturday afternoon to serve a Sullivan County arrest warrant for failure to pay child support on Adam Jordan Blair, 31, of that address.
Blair’s house mate, Eric Ryan Lindholm, 31, answered the door, and agreed to let the officers inside to see if Blair was home.
Although Blair wasn’t home, Jones said it was obvious to him and Wilhoit that drug activity was taking place.
“When we walked downstairs there was an extremely strong odor of marijuana,” Jones said. “There was a two foot tall bong (water pipe) sitting down there, and I told Deputy Wilhoit, ‘I think the best thing we can do is back out and go get a search warrant.’”
About 11 hours later, Jones and Wilhoit returned to the house with the search warrant. Jones told the Times-News on Wednesday that Lindholm and Blair apparently hadn’t removed or disposed of any of the illegal items from the residence.
“That was one of my questions,” Jones said. “I asked him (Lindholm) if he knew that we’d be back, and he said ‘yes.’ Then I asked, did you not think we would smell that (marijuana) down there, and he said ‘no.’”
Adams was at home with Lindholm when the officers came back the second time.
Among the items allegedly seized from the residence were about an ounce of marijuana found in a dresser drawer, as well as a smaller amount of marijuana found in a bag in Lindholm’s pants pocket.
There was also multiple items of drug paraphernalia allegedly found in the residence, including bongs, shredders, papers, pipes, baggies and a gas mask apparently used for inhaling smoke.
In Lindholm’s bedroom the officers allegedly found an AR-15 assault rifle, two other rifles with scopes, a shotgun, and three pistols.
Also seized from the home was a small signal cannon with gun powder and fuse, another shotgun and a large quantity of ammunition stored throughout the house.
Lindholm, who said he is unemployed, had $155 in his wallet, which was also seized. Lindholm claimed that all the guns, marijuana and paraphernalia were his.
Officers checked text messages on Lindholm’s cell phone that allegedly included multiple requests for him to sell marijuana.
Lindholm was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, possession of firearms during commission of a dangerous felony, possession of drug paraphernalia and maintaining a dwelling where narcotics are housed or sold.
Aside from his charge on the original warrant Adams was charged with maintaining a dwelling where narcotics are housed or sold and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Both were arraigned Monday in Hawkins County Sessions Court, and as of Wednesday both remained held in the Hawkins County jail on $25,000 bond.