Man Arrested for Growing Marijuana

July 7, 2014
by: 
Dwayne Page
Donald Wayne Cantrell
Kyle Russell Hill
Jackie Lee Farless
Oscar Alexis Garcia
Steven Anthony Nelson
Eustacio Tacho Hernandez

The Sheriff's Department arrested a man last week for growing marijuana.

63 year old Donald Wayne Cantrell of Ferrell Road, Smithville is charged with manufacture of a schedule VI controlled substance (Marijuana). His bond is $10,000 and he will be in court July 17.

Sheriff Patrick Ray said that on Wednesday, July 2 a sheriff's department drug detective went to Cantrell's residence and spoke with him about some marijuana plants. Cantrell was mirandized (read his rights). Cantrell admitted to growing marijuana plants and showed them to the drug detective. Approximately 42 marijuana plants were recovered from Cantrell's back yard. He was arrested and taken to the sheriff's department for booking.

In other cases, 40 year old Kyle Russell Hill of Holmes Creek Road, Smithville is charged with simple possession of a schedule II drug (Morphine), simple possession of a schedule III drug (Hydrocodone), and simple possession of a schedule IV drug (Alprazolam). His bond is $4,500 and he will be in court July 17.

Sheriff Ray said that on Sunday, June 15 in the Smithville Walmart parking lot, a sheriff's department drug detective saw a man open the driver side door of Hill's vehicle and put something under the floor mat. When Hill came out of Walmart, the drug detective approached him and explained what he had witnessed. Hill gave consent to a search and under the driver's side floor mat, the detective found a morphine 60 milligram pill inside a cellophane pack. Hill admitted that be bought the pill from the man who delivered it for $30 and told him to put it in his car. Hill had his young daughter with him so the drug detective asked Hill to come to the sheriff's department on the following Friday. Hill did not show up.

Meanwhile, Sheriff Ray said that on Monday, June 30 while an officer was serving the warrant on Hill for the simple possession of a schedule II drug (morphine), Hill pulled some pills from his left pocket. In a blister pack were four Hydrocodone pills. He also produced a plastic pill pouch containing two and a half Alprazolam pills. Hill said the pills did not belong to him. He was arrested on the warrant and transported to the Sheriff's Department.

43 year old Mildred Ann Weier of Morgan Avenue, Woodbury is cited for simple possession of a schedule VI drug (marijuana) and possession of drug paraphernalia (marijuana pipe). She will be in court on July 17.

Sheriff Ray said that on Thursday, July 3 a sheriff's department drug detective spotted a vehicle setting in a field off Highway 70 east (Sparta Highway) with the brake light on. A woman inside was slumped over. The officer conducted a welfare check of the woman. While speaking with her, the detective learned that Weier had marijuana in the car. The officer conducted a search and found a small case containing less than half an ounce of marijuana and a pipe.

49 year old Jackie Lee Farless of Hurricane Ridge Road, Smithville is charged with domestic assault. His bond is $1,500 and he will be in court on July 10.

Sheriff Ray said that on Thursday, July 3 Farless allegedly got into an argument with his ex wife with whom he still resides. During the argument, Farless intentionally pushed her into an outside storage shed causing bodily injury to her left arm and right leg. Farless was determined to have been the primary aggressor and he was placed under arrest.

18 year old Oscar Alexis Garcia of Clarksville is charged with evading arrest, reckless endangerment, resisting arrest, and underage driving while impaired. Garcia was further issued citations for other traffic violations including no drivers license. He is also wanted in Montgomery County for violation of probation. His bond is $6,000 and he will be in court July 10.

Sheriff Ray said that on Thursday, July 3 a deputy was dispatched to Cookeville Highway to look for a possible drunk driver. The officer saw the vehicle and noticed that it had failed to maintain its lane of travel. The deputy tried to stop the automobile but it sped away traveling at up to 100 miles per hour down Cookeville Highway. The car ran four traffic lights along the way, barely missing other motorists as it carelessly swerved in and out of traffic. At one point, the vehicle pulled over to the shoulder of the road and stopped, but then took off again as the officer got out of his patrol car. The deputy got back in his cruiser and began a 13.75 mile pursuit to Hurricane Ridge Road where the fleeing automobile finally stopped. The driver, Garcia initially refused to get out of the vehicle. When he finally did exit the car, Garcia resisted being handcuffed. Garcia was eventually arrested and brought to the jail for booking. Garcia, who had a strong odor of alcohol on his person, admitted to drinking two beers.

36 year old Steven Anthony Nelson of Allen Street, Smithville is charged with domestic assault. His bond is $1,500 and he will be in court on July 10.

Sheriff Ray said that on Thursday, July 3 a deputy responded to a South College Street apartment in reference to a domestic assault which occurred at a residence on Allen Street. The officer spoke with a woman who said that she and her husband, Nelson had gotten into a verbal argument and that he began threatening her. The woman said she picked up a pan from the kitchen sink to keep her husband away from her but Nelson pushed his wife to the ground and began hitting her, causing a cut to the nose, a swollen eye, and scrapes to her elbows. Nelson's friends, who were present, pulled him away from the woman. She then left the residence. Nelson was determined to have been the primary aggressor and he was arrested.

31 year old Eustacio Tacho Hernandez of West Broad Street, Smithville is charged with driving under the influence. He was further issued citations for no drivers license, violation of the open container law, violation of the financial responsibility law (no insurance), failure to maintain his lane of travel, and violation of the implied consent law. His bond is $1,500 and he will be in court July 10.

Sheriff Ray said that on Friday, July 4 a criminal detective saw a gold Chevy Cavalier traveling on Short Mountain Highway, leaving its lane of travel several times. The detective stopped the car and spoke with the driver, Hernandez who had a strong odor of alcohol on his person. The officer also found an open container in the vehicle. Hernandez submitted to but performed poorly on field sobriety tasks. He refused to take a blood test. He admitted to having consumed five beers. For the safety of himself and the public, Hernandez was arrested and brought to the jail for booking.

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