Cordova couple grows pot in children's bedrooms

By Nick Kenney - bio | email

CORDOVA, TN (WMC-TV) - Shelby County sheriff's deputies found dozens of pot plants growing in a Cordova home Tuesday.

Deputies were called to the home, located on Manslick Road, to check on the welfare of the children inside.  Neighbors called for help after someone spotted a two-year-old who lives at the home wandering all alone in the street.

According to Shelby County Sheriff's Department spokesperson Steve Shular, when deputies arrived, they found the children safe inside a house kept in worrisome condition.

"Detectives yesterday got called out to a scene that was almost, in their words, unbelievable," Shular said.

In the house, deputies found marijuana crops growing in five pots in located in plain sight of a 14-year-old's room, and an elaborate growing system in his closet.

"Here you have a 14-year-old that's living in a bedroom that has all of his favorite toys around him, next to marijuana plants," Shular said.

In an 11-year-old's room, investigators found more potted pot in a closet.

The children's father, Mark Tucker, told deputies he's been growing dope for personal use since January.  Tucker called himself a casual user who smokes in front of his children.

But deputies said Tucker's story was half-baked after they found 1.4 pounds of marijuana wrapped in plastic bags and stuffed into the freezer.

Wednesday, Mark Tucker and his wife Debra remained in jail on drug and child abuse charges, accused of using their kids' space to create high times at home.

"It's one of the more disturbing cases we've had in quite some time," Shular said.

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