Thanksgiving pot results in arrests

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A Thanksgiving "present" in the form of a baggie of marijuana resulted in the arrest of a Cannon County husband and wife on multiple charges.

Donny and Misty Leath, Houston Parker Road, were charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, simple possession of Schedule VI (marijuana) and felony possession of a firearm. 

Donny Leath was also charged with violation of probation.

Sheriff's Department Investigator Anthony Young was asked to accompany Ryan Dillon of Probation and Patrol to join him on a visit to the Leath's home. Accompanying them were Investigator Brandon Gullett and Deputy Jordan McGee.

"Once inside the residence we searched the back bedroom first. In this bedroom we found a small baggie containing marijuana, a loaded .22-caliber pistol and a large white grow light. There was a safe in this bedroom," Investigator Young said.

Leath opened the safe and officers discovered a large amount of ammunition for rifles and handguns. The safe also contained several weapons.

"The guns that were found were a Rohm .22-caliber pistol, a Remington .870 rifle, a Remington .22-caliber rifle, a Sportsman 76 pump shotgun, a .40-caliber Ruger pistol, a Winchester .270 rifle and a Ruger .38-special pistol," Young said.

The grow light was discovered in the bedroom closet along with several marijuana leaves.

"We searched the rest of the residence and the barn area of the property. There was nothing else of an illegal nature found," the investigator said.

During questioning at the Cannon County Jail, Donny Leath admitted the marijuana was his, Young said.

"He stated that he was going to give it to his brother for the Thanksgiving holiday," the investigator said. "He stated that the gun that was found loaded in his night stand in the master bedroom of the house was his and he had inherited it from his grandfather."

The other guns were identified by Leath as belonging to his father. As for the grow light, Leath said he had kept it to sell at some point.

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