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3 arrested in Symsonia for Cultivating Marijuana and other charges

(SYMSONIA, KY.) On Monday June 21 at 2:23 P.M. Marshall County Dispatch received a 911 call from a residence on Minter Road. Kentucky State Police dispatch attempted to make contact by phone and when the occupant refused to identify herself or provide any information, Troopers Ryan Dawson and Brian Duvall responded. Troopers arrived and attempted to make contact. When no one answered they looked inside the residence and saw marijuana growing in a coffee can. The occupants then closed the shades. Due to the circumstances the troopers made entry and detained two occupants. They were identified as Koah Nicole Hayes, 18 and Sean T. Ruark, 19. While investigators were searching the home, Hayes' father, William R. Hayes arrived and was detained for questioning. At approximately 7:00 P.M. while investigators were taking evidence from the home, which included 74 Marijuana plants, both Nicole Hayes and Sean Ruark fled, handcuffed, out the back door. The search of the area ended around 11:00 P.M. Trooper Dawson arrested William R. Hayes, 53, and charged him with Cultivating Marijuana over 5 plants, Firearm Enhanced, Trafficking in Marijuana under 8 Oz., and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Hayes was lodged in the Marshall County Jail.

At 7:34 A.M. this morning, Marshall County Dispatch received information the two suspects were at the Symsonia 4-way. Trooper Sam Steger located the suspect vehicle on KY. 131 in Kaler. The two were taken into custody without incident. Koah N. Hayes was charged with Possession of Marijuana, Cultivation of Marijuana over 5 plants, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Theft under $300.00, Theft of Property, Criminal Mischief 3rd Degree, Escape 2nd, Tampering with Physical Evidence, Resisting Arrest, Carrying a Concealed Deadly Weapon, Failure to Register Transfer of Motor Vehicle, No Insurance, and Operator not to use License of another State. Sean T. Ruark was charged with Carrying a Concealed Deadly Weapon, Cultivating Marijuana over 5 Plants, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Theft under $300.00, Theft of Property, Criminal Mischief 3rd Degree, Escape 2nd, and Tampering with Physical Evidence. Both were lodged in the Graves County Jail. The investigation is continuing by Trooper Ryan Dawson.

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