A traffic stop conducted by the Mt. Juliet Police Department led officers to a marijuana growing operation that was less than 300 feet from a nearby church with a daycare.
On Thursday, July 3, Detective Jason Brockman stopped a vehicle because it had an expired registration. When Det. Brockman made contact with the driver, she claimed that she was assaulted by her husband. Therefore, Mt. Juliet Police Officers went to her residence to speak with her husband regarding the domestic assault allegations. Timothy D. Wethington, age 46 of Mt. Juliet, answered the door and allowed Officers to enter the home. Once Officers entered the home, they immediately smelled a burnt marijuana odor. Marijuana plants were discovered when an Officer noticed them growing outside one of the bedroom windows in the backyard.
Wethington consented and let Officers search his bedroom. Located during the search were rolling papers, marijuana seeds, a pipe, and two digital scales. The remainder of the property was searched, and located were more rolling papers, pipes, and synthetic marijuana. A total of eight marijuana plants were discovered in the backyard of Wethington’s residence, which is only 239 feet away from Hickory Grove Presbyterian Church and 823 feet away from Green Hill Church. Both churches operate daycares that have children present daily.
Wethington was arrested and booked into the Wilson County Jail and was charged with the following: Manufacturing Marijuana; Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; Possession of Salvia Divinorum (Synthetic Illegal Drug); Drug-Free School Zone – Enhanced criminal penalty.
Anyone with any information on current investigations or ongoing crime trends is encouraged to call the Mt. Juliet Police Department at (615) 754-2550. Information can also be given anonymously by calling (615) 754-TIPS (8477) or via the Mt. Juliet Police Department website at http://www.mjpd.org/.