Fireworks complaint leads Hawkins deputies to 22 marijuana plants

Jeff Bobo • Jul 8, 2019 at 3:57 PM

BULLS GAP – A Hawkins County couple were charged with manufacturing marijuana Saturday after deputies allegedly located 22 plants while responding to a fireworks complaint.

Shortly after 6:30 p.m. Saturday Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Michael Godsey responded to a complaint from neighbors of a child shooting fireworks at another child and animals from 124 Lautner Road just outside of Bulls Gap near the Greene County line.

Godsey spoke to the offending child's grandmother and informed her that the neighbors didn't want the child back on their property.

While speaking to the grandmother, however, Godsey reportedly observed two planters containing what appeared to be marijuana plants growing inside.

Upon further investigation Godsey met Jonathan Wayne Hayes, 24, and Samantha Jo Peters, 31, who were inside a camper on the property.

When Godsey asked the couple about the marijuana plants, Hayes reportedly gave him permission to search the property and admitted there was another plant behind the camper.

Godsey allegedly found a total of seven planters on the property with 22 plants, some of which were located in the front yard in plain sight.

As of Monday Hayes and Peters remained held in the Hawkins County Jail pending arraignment on one count each of manufacturing marijuana.

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