Memphis grandmother charged with growing pot in driveway

By Jason Miles - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Police said they found four marijuana plants growing in plain view in the driveway of a house in the 1300 block of Bryan.

The truly surprising news for many neighbors is that 65-year-old grandmother Helen Franklin was the person charged with planting the pot.

"I was just surprised, you know" said neighbor James Fields.  "Didn't know no weed was down there."

Police were actually looking for another suspect in the neighborhood when they happened upon the pot early Wednesday morning.

According to court records, an officer asked Franklin if she knew what the potted plant was.

"Yes, reefer, I planted it," she replied.

Franklin's son-in-law told an Action News 5 crew he was going to get his wife when we asked him about Franklin's green thumb, but neither returned.

Neighbors said Franklin was recently hospitalized.  However, they do not know whether she used the marijuana for medical purposes.

"Cause she's quiet, very quiet," said neighbor Jean Parrish.  "Stays to herself."

"She come over here to ask to use the phone, that's it," said Virgil Parrish.

Some wonder if Franklin may be covering for someone else's crime since breaking the law is totally out of character.

"I ain't never known her but to do the right thing," said neighbor James Fields.  "I don't know nothing bad."

At last check, Franklin was being held on a $5,000 bond and was due in court Thursday morning.

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