Mahomet teen accused of break-in arrested on drug charge

Mahomet teen accused of break-in arrested on drug charge

MAHOMET — A Mahomet teen arrested for allegedly stealing a grow light from the Mahomet-Seymour High School on Wednesday has been arrested again for felony possession of cannabis with intent to deliver.

Mahomet Police Chief Mike Metzler said following the Wednesday arrest of Austin Childress, 17, and Travis Hinton, 17, for burglary to the greenhouse at the high school, police received information that Hinton "may have been growing cannabis in the residence and selling it."

Police got a search warrant Friday for his home in the 700 block of Heather Drive and served it late morning. They found more than a pound of cannabis.

"We seized over 500 grams of a substance that field-tested positive for cannabis," said Metzler.

Metzler said the house smelled strongly of fresh cannabis.

"Most of what we found was packaged in a couple of different locations in the house, including his bedroom," Metzler said.

Hinton and Childress had been released from the county jail on their own recognizance Thursday after being charged with burglary and theft from a school. Hinton was taken back to jail Friday afternoon.

About 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, he and Childress were found near the high school in a truck that a neighbor had called police about. Police found a grow light and timer that had been stolen from the school in the truck, Metzler said.

Metzler said his officers are still investigating the case.

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