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Franklin arrested for drugs

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By Jennifer Caldwell

A LaFollette man’s explanation for sleeping on his neighbor’s patio didn’t wash with authorities.

When LaFollette Police Officer Stephen Wallen woke Robert W. Franklin, 45, of LaFollette Gardens, Apartment 106, from an alleged stupor last Thursday the man denied any medical condition or use of medication. 

Instead, Franklin claimed he was just tired and had not had much sleep, according to Wallen’s report.

Franklin was asked to stand and was reportedly “very unstable on his feet and could not hold his eyes open.”

Although the defendant denied having any items on his person Wallen reported observing him attempt to pick items up off the ground.

Wallen noted a small blue pill, identified by Franklin as a Hydrocodone, had fallen out of his shirt pocket.

A search revealed six more of the same tablets as well and another small blue tablet and a short straw inside Franklin’s pack of cigarettes.

While Franklin was able to produce prescription bottles for Hydrocodone and Xanax both were missing significant amounts of the prescriptions that were filled on July 6.

Franklin was arrested and charged with public intoxication, possession of a schedule III substance, possession of a schedule IV substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. He is scheduled to appear in court on July 24.