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Helicopter helps authorities locate weed
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The Governor’s Task Force on Marijuana Eradication, the Tennessee Highway Patrol, the Army National Guard and the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department pooled their resources last week to search for marijuana.A Highway Patrol helicopter was used to search for the forbidden plant. The eastern part of the county was the main focus of the search, and examples of the weed were seized off Eagle Creek Road, Smith Road, and Johnson Chapel Road.According to Sheriff Patrick Ray, at least one person will be prosecuted for cultivating the plant and possible other charges.Ray said officers found multiple marijuana plants as well as an illegal firearm at a residence on Johnson Chapel Road Tuesday.The sheriff said he would like to thank everyone who was involved in this operation for their participation, and asks that members of the public with any information on any illegal drug manufacture or use, contact him at 597-4935, or call the Sheriff’s Department Crime Tip Line at 464-6400.All calls are kept confidential.Meanwhile, the sheriff’s department arrested 36-year-old Andy Joe Certain charged with unlawful possession of a weapon on July 3.Ray said a deputy responding to a call of possible shots being fired on the Loop Circle found Certain and several other people in the yard.According to the sheriff, Certain reportedly told the deputy that he was in possession of a firearm, and that he had fired one round into the ground.He allegedly admitted to being a convicted felon as well.Certain reportedly told the officer that put the firearm in the glove compartment of a vehicle before the deputy arrived.His bond was set at $25,000 and he will appear in court on July 11.Eustacio Hernandez, 30, of Lafayette was charged with driving under the influence on July 4.Hernandez was also cited for failure to maintain his lane of travel and simple possession of a Schedule II drug (cocaine).Ray said Hernandez was operating a motor vehicle on Highway 56 when a deputy stopped him for swerving.Hernandez allegedly had an odor of an alcoholic beverage on his person and was unsteady on his feet.Ray said he performed poorly on all field sobriety tasks, and refused to submit to a blood test.A search of the vehicle reportedly revealed a small amount of cocaine inside the cigarette lighter outlet.His bond was set at $2,500, and he will appear in court on July 25.