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Task Force Makes Second Large Marijuana Bust In Week

By Emily Cassulo
By ecassulo@wbbjtv.com

A Hardin County man is behind bars Monday after deputies and drug agents seized hundreds of thousands of dollars in drugs, guns and goods from his home.

Investigators said they have been working toward the bust since last week, shortly after Carroll County had a similar bust.

Deputies searched 43-year-old Jessie Short's home after hearing about a marijuana delivery by mail from Texas.

"We were aware that a delivery might be made there later last week, so we executed it today," said Sheriff Sammy Davidson.

When deputies arrived, they confiscated at least 30 pounds of marijuana, 28 guns, pain pills, $1,200 cash, three vehicles, and an ATV.

"The controlled delivery was a partial package that contained 10 packages of marijuana that was delivered to the residence," Davidson said. "Later on, we found 10 more packages during the search that were buried underground in the backyard."

They then arrested Short. Records show he was last arrested in Hardin County back in the '90s for similar drug charges.

Deputies could not say if this bust was directly related to the one in Carroll County Friday, but they are similar.

"We think it's always good if you take a small amount out, but when you take a large amount out of the community, it really feels good," Davidson said.

Short faces a charge for unlawfully having the weapons, and several charges for the drugs.

He is being held in the Hardin County Jail in lieu of $250,000 bond. Sheriff Davidson said Short will appear in General Sessions court this Friday at 9 a.m.
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