For nearly five years, a group of marijuana growers hid their extensive operation underneath a barn in Simpson County. They thought no one knew they were growing weed with a street value of $3.3 million but last Friday, Feb. 2, 2007, the last of all four defendants were sentenced in federal court.
Cecil Sherman Hume Jr. will serve seventeen years in prison but before he goes, Anna Smithson sat down with Hume in a WBKO exclusive on-camera interview, to see why he took part in this operation.
“It’s not too late for me; it’s over for me when I come out. I’m just going to be an old man,” Hume said.
Cecil Hume will spend nearly the rest of his adult life behind bars. He helped build and maintain the facility in Simpson County where nearly 750 marijuana plants were being grown but said he had good intentions from the start.
“I wasn’t making enough money to help my mother and give her what she needed,” Hume said.
Hume’s mother had medical bills that were getting pretty steep and only planned on being a part of the operation until he could get ahead.
“I wasn’t planning on continuing much longer. As soon as I had my shop paid off, I planned on going straight,” Hume said.
And if he could turn back time ...
“I did eight and a half years in prison and should have learned my lesson then but I got back out and fell back into my old ways,” Hume admitted.
Hume wants his story to be one that young people involved in drugs learn from.
“If you break the law, you’re going to end up right here where I am,” Hume added and said for the ones who are already behind bars, “I’ll find a mission here. I’ll talk to the younger ones and help them deal with the difficulties their having.”
Hume feels everyone needs to be a productive party of society who are out taking care of their children, working and paying taxes and for the ones who choose not to. You will end up right where he is because, “It’s pretty much too late for me.”
Co-defendant Dale Snoody pled guilty to possession with intent to distribute marijuana and conspiracy to manufacture 1,000 or more marijuana plants and was sentenced to three years and one month imprisonment.
Other co-defendants Gary Wayne Bullington and Trudy Elliott Jackson pled guilty to possession with intent to distribute marijuana and manufacturing 100 or more marijuana plants. Bullington was sentenced to three years and one month, while Jackson was sentenced to one year and six months.
All defendants will have some supervised release following incarceration.