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Teen allegedly admits to planning to sell marijuana

August 6th, 2014 6:00 pm by Jeff Bobo

Teen allegedly admits to planning to sell marijuana

Robert Cody Hodge, 18

ROGERSVILLE — A Hawkins County teen allegedly admitted to authorities that he planned on selling the 31.7 grams of marijuana that police found in his vehicle at a party Friday night.

Around 11:35 p.m. Friday, Hawkins County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Nathan Simpson responded to a complaint of a suspicious vehicle in the St. Clair community along Route 113 north of Bulls Gap.

Simpson said he spotted a tan four-door Buick parked at a closed market at the Melinda Ferry Road intersection.

Due to a history of burglaries at that market and because the vehicle had a tail light out, Simpson checked out the four occupants of the vehicle.

Simpson said he detected the odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle, and he asked the four teens to exit.

When the driver, Robert Cody Hodge, 18, 411 Birdie Drive, Rogersville, stepped out of the vehicle, HCSO Reserve Officer Chris Churchwell allegedly observed a bag of marijuana in the driver's side door area.

"I asked Mr. Hodge for consent to search his car due to the substantial amount of probable cause of drug presence," Simpson stated in his report. "He granted permission and spontaneously uttered 'It's weed I was going to sell at a party.'"

A search of the vehicle resulted in the discovery of more than an ounce of marijuana packaged for resale in multiple bags, a set of digital scales and a partly smoked marijuana cigarette.

Among the passengers was a 15-year-old boy who allegedly admitted to smoking marijuana.

Hodge allegedly signed a written statement admitting that he supplied the juvenile with marijuana, had sold marijuana that day and was en route to sell more at a party.

He was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, possession of drug paraphernalia and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

The other passengers — Todd Jonathan Belcher, 20, 160 Bailey Johnson Road, Rogersville, and Austen Lyons Mallory, 18, 6878 Route 66, Rogersville — were charged with simple possession of marijuana and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

All three were arraigned Monday in Hawkins County Sessions Court.

As of Monday afternoon, Hodge remained held in the Hawkins County Jail on $5,000 bond with a preliminary hearing set for Oct. 15.

Belcher and Mallory were released on $4,000 bond each.

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