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Nature's fury wreaks havoc on Tennessee man growing pot

The tornado that struck Decatur County, Tennessee, during the last week of March caused a great amount of damage. In fact, one resident may lose more than just the mobile home destroyed during the storm. He may lose his freedom as well if he is convicted of the drug crimes he may soon face.

The sheriff of Decatur County was taking a tour of the storm's damage when he spied some "green, leafy material" that appeared to be out of place near a wrecked mobile home. Upon closer inspection, the sheriff discovered that the material was actually marijuana plants. After some additional searching, he found other marijuana plants as well as hydroponic growing equipment. The weight of the plants totaled 28 pounds, according to news reports.

The authorities immediately began searching for the man who resided in the mobile home intending to charge him with manufacturing marijuana and possessing drug paraphernalia. A few days after the discovery, the sheriff's department reportedly received a telephone call from an individual claiming to be the resident's attorney. The lawyer informed the police that the resident of the mobile home intends to turn himself in to the authorities.

The state of Tennessee takes a strong stance against drug crimes, including those involving marijuana. Even the casual exchange or possession of half an ounce of marijuana can lead to costly penalties. Possessing more than 20 marijuana plants is a Class C felony, which can mean a fine of up to $100,000.

Facing allegations of drug crimes should always be considered serious. Those accused need legal assistance as early as possible to emerge from the experience with the most lenient sentence.

Source: WBBJ, "Tornado uncovers marijuana grow operation in Decatur County," Amanda Gerry, March 30, 2017

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