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INDIAN MOUND, Tenn. (AP) – A Tennessee hemp farmer says he chased thieves off his property twice in one day, including one group who shot at him.
Tracy Lehman said he spotted a group of armed men loading a truck with industrial hemp plants Monday. He says the group had lookouts and another vehicle, and someone fired at him numerous times as he chased them. He ultimately lost sight of them.
But later that night, he noticed another pickup and fired a warning shot. The driver fled, and Lehman gave chase, while alerting the Stewart County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies arrested 28-year-old Coty Dawson..
Hemp is akin to marijuana but lacks enough of a psychoactive chemical to produce marijuana’s intoxication. Lehman doesn’t know what the thieves planned to do with the plants.