Mineral County deputies got a little more than they bargained for after receiving an anonymous tip accusing John Hunt, 46, of Hawthorne, of being an ex-felon in possession of a firearm and abusing his disabled brother.
Deputies responded to the scene at 735 F St. on the evening of July 8. Hunt told the deputies he did not abuse his brother, and the brother corroborated the story. Deputies next asked about the suspected firearm, and Hunt admitted the possibility.
Hunt gave the deputies permission to search the residence. During the initial course of the search deputies found drug paraphernalia and indicated the possibility of drug activity. While searching a closet the deputies found what Sheriff Stewart Handte described as a marijuana grow light with a single marijuana leaf beneath it.
The deputies next went into the back yard where they discovered 18 marijuana plants growing in plain view. Deputies took Hunt into custody and applied for a search warrant. A judge signed off on the warrant and deputies made a more thorough search.
They also uncovered two rifles in the residence during the ensuing search. This resulted in additional charges to Hunt of an ex-felon in possession of a firearm.
“This is 52 plants in less than a week. This is another shining example of do it, get caught, go to jail and face the consequences. Another one bites the dust while others wait in the wings,” Handte said.
Police ultimately charged Hunt with: Ex-felon with a firearm, cultivation of marijuana, possession of marijuana with intent to sell, maintain a place to sell a controlled substance, cultivating a controlled substance and two counts of possession of dangerous drug without a prescription.
Police set Hunt’s bail at $30,000.