Agents find marijuana growing in Hampton basement; one charged

John Thompson • Jan 4, 2013 at 4:25 PM

ELIZABETHTON — Agents of the 1st Judicial District Drug Task Force uncovered a marijuana growing operation in the basement of a house in Hampton on Wednesday.

The agents executed a search warrant on house at 601 Highway 321. The house is owned by Larry Alan Shockley.

In the basement of the house, the agents reported finding 39 live and growing marijuana plants in various stages of growth. The agents also found various items of indoor growing equipment. The agents said the operation was in working order when they found it.

The agents dismantled the operation and seized the equipment and the 39 marijuana plants. Shockley was not at the residence at the time of the raid.

Shockley was located by vice officers of the Morristown Police Department a short time later at a residence he had at 850 Central Church Road, Morristown. Shockley was arrested on the Carter County warrant and transported to the Hamblen County Jail.

Carter County Deputy Ross Frizzell took custody of Shockley and transported him back to the Carter County Detention Center. He was charged with manufacturing Schedule VI drug, maintaining a dwelling where narcotics are kept or sold, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Shockley is scheduled to answer the charges in Sessions Court on Feb. 1.

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