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'Messed up' man's statement leads to marijuana charges against him, son

Jeff Bobo • Mar 27, 2019 at 10:27 AM

ROGERSVILLE — A Hawkins County man “staggering” along Route 66-N Thursday was only facing arrest for public intoxication until he reportedly admitted that he and his son were growing marijuana at their home.

As a result of the alleged confession, Bobby Hampton Leaver, 55, and Travis Robert Leaver, 31, are now facing felony marijuana trafficking charges.

The Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office seized 58 small plants weighing a total of four ounces from the Leavers’ residence at 1165 Poor Valley Road.

When HCSO Deputy Michael Allen responded to a report of a man staggering on Route 66-N, he met Bobby Leaver, who reportedly stated that if he had to punch Allen to go to jail, he would do it.

Leaver then reportedly stated that he was “messed up and needed to go to jail” and that he had taken meth the previous day which was “messing with him.”

“He then began telling me that he had 16 marijuana plants growing in his house and that (another male) was trying to rob him,” Allen stated in his report.

HCSO Narcotics Detective Gary Lawson then responded to the scene, at which time Leaver reportedly admitted that he and his son had marijuana plants growing at home and signed a consent to search form.

When officers arrived at the residence, Travis Leaver allegedly admitted that there were marijuana plants in the house and that they belonged to him and his father.

Aside from the 58 plants, the HCSO seized five glass pipes, buckets, soil, fertilizer, lights and other items used to grow marijuana.

Bobby and Travis Leaver were charged with possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, as well as maintaining a dwelling for drug use.

Both were arraigned Monday in Hawkins County Sessions Court, where their bond was set at $5,000. A preliminary hearing was set for April 8.

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