By Terry McCormick

Portland Leader

Three Portland teens have been arrested and face multiple charges after police solved a burglary spree in which they were allegedly involved.

Portland Police arrested Mason Layne Hester, 18, Gaweer Kuol, 19, and a 17-year-old juvenile on June 26 after obtaining a search warrant and raiding a residence at 111 Nikita Drive in Portland.

Among the items recovered in the search of the home included two loaded handguns, 44.5 Alprazolam pills, 7.25 ounces of marijuana, a stolen iPad, $1,278 in cash, digital scales and a number of other items that are believed to have been stolen from multiple areas.

After police made the arrest, they discovered that the teens had made a video of themselves smoking marijuana and brandishing the stolen guns.

Hester was also arrested on June 20 and faces multiple charges of theft, burglary and three charges of identity theft as he used a stolen debit card to make charges at TJ Maxx and Foot Locker and a failed transaction at Champs Sporting Goods.

Kuol is facing charges of two counts of burglary, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a firearm during a felony, possession of a marijuana for resale, possession

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of a schedule IV drug (Alprazolam) for resale and theft of property over $1,000.

The juvenile arrested in the case is charged with four counts of burglary, theft under $1,000 and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

The investigation remains on-going, and according to the Portland Police Department, more charges are expected for the suspects who have been apprehended from the Sumner County Sheriff's Department. There are also other co-conspirators who the department expects to charge additionally this case.

The suspects are scheduled to appear in Sumner County General Sessions Court on July 24 to face the initial charges in this investigation.

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