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Police take down father, son pot grow operation

Jared Felkins jfelkins@lebanondemocrat.com • Dec 17, 2015 at 6:41 PM

A four-month multi-agency investigation culminated Thursday with a father and son charged in a large marijuana growing operation worth about $160,000.

Lebanon police Chief Scott Bowen said Lebanon detectives worked with detectives from Mt. Juliet, the Wilson County Sheriff’s Department and 20th Judicial Task Force agents since February on the investigation.

“This was a joint investigation and took dedication from all agencies involved to stop this large grow operation,” Bowen said.

Officers with the Wilson County Special Response Team executed two search warrants Thursday at 296 Old Shannon Road and 5055 Old Rome Pike.

“Large amounts of marijuana were being grown at both locations, some inside and some outside,” Bowen said.  

Bowen said more than 200 marijuana plants at various stages of growth, along with lights and other equipment needed to grow the plants, were seized at the two homes. He said the plants weighed about 40 pounds with an estimated $160,000 street value.

Bowen said officers additionally seized seven vehicles, one loaded gun and a large amount of cash believed to be proceeds from the marijuana sales. 

Harry Hewitt, 45, of Lebanon, and his son, Chad Hewitt, 18, of Old Hickory, were arrested Thursday morning at the Old Shannon Road home. Each was charged with manufacture with intent for resale and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Each remained Friday in Wilson County Jail on $86,500 bond. A court date was set for July 9.

Bowen said the investigation remained open and more charges may be filed. 

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