LSD, ecstasy, other drugs seized at alleged indoor pot farm in Hawkins

Jeff Bobo • Nov 1, 2019 at 7:30 PM

CHURCH HILL — Hawkins County deputies executing a search warrant near Church Hill last week allegedly seized 19 marijuana plants, as well as a small quantity of LSD, MDMA (ecstasy), THC extract and other narcotics.

Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit Lt. Lynn Campbell told the Times News that officers conducted multiple undercover drug buys from Christopher Michael King, 30, 128 Reesor Hollow Road, Church Hill, prior to executing a search warrant at his residence on Oct. 24.

Upon searching King’s residence, deputies also allegedly seized a Colt AR-15 rifle, two Sig Sauer 9mm handguns, ammunition, and “drug ledgers of clients, expenses and profits.”

In her report, HCSO Detective Reba Matthews stated that during the search deputies discovered the marijuana plants along with several items known to be used “in the enhanced indoor growing process.”

Among those items were several bags of soil enhancers, numerous planting buckets, growing lights with thermostat, digital readers, and liquid fertilizer, the report said.

The total weight of the marijuana plants was reported at 1.3 kilograms, or approximately 2.87 pounds.

Deputies also allegedly seized plastic baggies, vacuum seal baggies, a vacuum seal machine and other packaging materials.

Matthews stated that the other drugs located in King's residence included pieces of orange pills believed to be Adderall, Vyvanse which is another attention deficit drug, two hand-pressed pills believed to be MDMA (ecstasy), pieces of “blotter paper” believed to be LSD, buprenorphine, and a tan, unidentified substance believed to be THC extract (the drug in marijuana) or DAB.

An unidentified tan liquid and an unidentified brown powder were also allegedly seized from King’s residence, and all suspected illegal substances were sent to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation crime lab for analysis. Campbell said additional charges are pending completion of the TBI report.

King was arraigned Monday in Hawkins County Sessions Court on multiple charges including manufacturing marijuana, possession of a firearm during the commission of a dangerous felony, possession of marijuana for resale, simple possession of MDMA, two counts of simple possession of Schedule II narcotics, simple possession of buprenorphine, and maintaining a dwelling where narcotics are manufactured, stored used or sold.

He was released from the Hawkins County Jail on $50,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in Sessions Court again on Nov. 6.

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