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Hawkins officer finds half pound of marijuana in confiscated vehicle

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A Hawkins County woman who had been free on bond from charges stemming from a meth lab raid on April 1 was arrested again Tuesday after police allegedly found a half pound of marijuana hidden in the engine compartment of her confiscated vehicle.

A Chevrolet Avalanche belonging to Tina Eileen Davis, 44, 114 Ferry Road, Lot 2, Surgoinsville, was seized during a Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office raid at that residence that occurred on April 1. The HCSO allegedly found several “one pot” meth labs at the residence along with nearly a pound of marijuana, synthetic drugs and pills.

Five people were arrested including Davis, who was charged with manufacturing meth, possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, and several other charges. Davis was later released on $100,000 bond.

On April 23, the HCSO received an anonymous tip that there was a large amount of marijuana hidden in the engine compartment of a seized vehicle in the HCSO impound lot.

Narcotics Unit Detective Jeff Hilton searched the engine compartment of Davis’ Avalanche and reported finding a bag containing about a half pound of marijuana stashed in a crevice under the fender well.

“Officers also discovered that Ms. Davis did have knowledge that the marijuana was there and she intended to retrieve it and sell it,” Hilton stated in his arrest warrant affidavit.

An arrest warrant was issued April 30, and Davis had been wanted until deputies received a tip Tuesday she was with her boyfriend on Davis Drive, where she was arrested Tuesday afternoon.

Davis was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, and as of Wednesday remained held in the Hawkins County jail on $20,000 bond pending arraignment Monday.

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