Hawkins Co. deputies arrest pair for giving meth to juveniles

HAWKINS COUNTY, TN (WJHL) – Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested two men after they reportedly gave methamphetamine to juveniles as young as 14 years old.

According to a HCSO news release, deputies were called to 282 Richards Road in reference to a possible trespasser at an unoccupied home.

The property owner had reportedly seen a vehicle at the home and called law enforcement.

When deputies arrived, they made contact with Michael James Caldwell, 24.

Caldwell told deputies that he was homeless and had been staying at the home for around five weeks.

An investigation revealed a one-pot methamphetamine lab outside of the home and Caldwell admitted to knowing about the lab and said it was two to three weeks old.

Deputies searched the home and located Kyle Thomas Dishner, 21, 140 Beechwood Hills, Lot. 19,  a 17-year-old boy and two 14-year-old girls.

According to the release, deputies found and seized approximately 1 gram of methamphetamine packaged in six individual bags and numerous empty gram size baggies.

The sheriff’s office’s narcotics unit was called to the scene and determined that Dishner and the three juveniles had come to the home to visit Caldwell.

Deputies said the juveniles appeared to be under the influence of a drug and all three later admitted to smoking and/or snorting methamphetamine with the adults.

One girl was found in possession of methamphetamine during the investigation, and both Caldwell and Dishner admitted to knowing that three others will them were juveniles.

According to the release, Dishner told deputies the methamphetamine and baggies were his and said he delivered it to the home.

The three juveniles were arrested and taken to the Johnson City detention center.

Caldwell was arrested and charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and criminal trespassing.

Dishner was arrested and charged with delivery of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver, possession of drug paraphernalia and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Caldwell was being held on $50,000 bond and Dishner was being held on $75,000 bond in the Hawkins County Jail.

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