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Tipster leads HCSO to stash of pills, pot and one marijuana plant growing in yard

July 22nd, 2013 4:19 pm by Jeff Bobo

Tipster leads HCSO to stash of pills, pot and one marijuana plant growing in yard

Lisa Dawn Harper

CHURCH HILL — Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office deputies seized marijuana, pills and firearms at a Church Hill residence Friday afternoon thanks to a tipster’s report of drug possession, drug use and a single pot plant growing in the back yard.

Shortly after 4 p.m. Friday, HCSO Deputy David Benton, who had received the tip, and Sgt. Mike Allen responded to 122 Fairview Lane, Church Hill, where they allegedly observed a marijuana plant outside in plain view growing near a storage building.

The residence is the home of Randall Joe Lane, 57, and Lisa Dawn Harper, 55.

Sheriff Ronnie Lawson said Lane and Harper were cooperative, and both allegedly admitted that there was packaged marijuana inside the home.

“Mr. Lane then surrendered approximately two ounces of packaged marijuana from a bedroom closet,” Lawson said. “During a subsequent search of the home, officers recovered a prescription bottle. The bottle was previously prescribed to Mr. Lane and was labeled to contain hydrocodone, but contained a plastic baggie holding 46 oxycodone pills.” 

Deputies also allegedly recovered Suboxone and Xanax pills from the home. Lawson said no prescriptions for either of the medications could be produced.

Also allegedly seized from the residence were rolling papers, several marijuana “roaches,” a double barrel .410-gauge shotgun with a pistol grip, a 12-gauge bolt-action shotgun, and a .22-caliber long rifle.

Lawson said there was evidence obtained during the investigation to indicate that Harper had no ownership or interest in any of the pharmaceuticals recovered from the home.

She was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, possession of drug paraphernalia, maintaining a dwelling where narcotics are housed or sold, and possession of firearms during the commission of a drug felony.

Lane was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, possession of Schedule II narcotics with intent to deliver, simple possession of Schedule III narcotics, possession of drug paraphernalia, maintaining a dwelling where narcotics are housed or sold, and possession of firearms during the commission of a drug felony.

On Saturday they were released from the Hawkins County Jail on $10,000 bond each, and both were arraigned in Sessions Court Monday.


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