Officers find substantial amount of marijuana at East Forrest home

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By Jennifer Caldwell

A welfare check on two juveniles led to a big discovery for LaFollette Police Officers on Tuesday night.

When Officers Joe Brown, Tony Rucker and Daniel Terry arrived at the East Forrest Street residence they could smell a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside.

According to a press release issued by the department, Judy Lynn Nelson, 36, of 607 East Forrest Street, allegedly told officers she had just finished smoking some marijuana inside the home.

During a search Brown allegedly discovered a little over a pound of marijuana packaged for resale in Nelson’s bedroom. In addition, officers also located several items of drug paraphernalia and more than $300 in cash.

Two children ages 11 and 14 were inside the home at the time of the incident. The juveniles were removed by the Department of Children’s Services.

Nelson and Michael David Monk, 28, of 152 Bertha Lane, Jacksboro, who was also in the home at the time, were arrested and charged with possession of a schedule VI controlled substance, felony possession of drug paraphernalia and reckless endangerment. Monk also received a charge of unlawful carrying of a weapon.

Both are scheduled to appear in court on Aug. 7.