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Johnson City officer’s tip leads to drug charge in Hampton

Staff Reports • Sep 26, 2013 at 9:36 PM

HAMPTON — A tip from an officer of the Johnson City Police Department led to a man’s arrest on a marijuana-growing charge Thursday.

Sgt. Derrick Hamm of the Carter County Sheriff’s Department received a tip from Officer Dennis Brown about a marijuana-growing operation he had been told about at 164 Carver Road.

Shortly after midnight Thursday, Hamm and Deputy James Stevens went to the residence and knocked on the door. Hamm said Nicholas Ethan Britt, 21, came to the door and told them he did not have any illegal drugs in his home. Hamm said Britt told them they could not search.

Hamm said he could see through a side window a pH scale and liquid chemicals known to be used by marijuana growers. While standing at the window, he said he also could smell a strong marijuana odor blowing out the window by a fan.

Hamm said he again asked Britt if there was any narcotics inside the residence. Hamm said Britt then admitted there were drugs inside. He then walked Hamm and Stevens inside the residence. Hamm reported there were 45 marijuana plants growing in pots. The plants ranged from an inch to 20 inches tall, under a grow light.

Hamm said a small green bottle was found that contained marijuana seeds.

Britt was arrested on a charge of manufacturing a schedule VI drug. He is scheduled to answer the charge in Sessions Court on Oct. 7.

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