Mounds drug bust includes child endangerment


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Reported by: Sharon Phillips
Updated: 11/25/2013 10:13 pm Published: 11/25/2013 9:53 pm


Near east 16th Street and Russell Road in Mounds, there's a house that sits less than 400 feet from Mounds Elementary School.
Officers say there were three kids inside the home, ages 13, 12 and 9.
FOX23 went to the residence and spoke with neighbor Gina Brumley, who lives next door.

She explains what she heard was the tactical team coming into her neighbor's home,
"Just a whole bunch of lights and loud popping."

Brumley was there as police arrested the couple.

"It sounded like gunshots but I'm sure it wasn't, but just a lot of mess going on," Brumley explains.

The tactical team was raiding the house, which has signs that say private property.

One sign asks you to wash your hands before entering.

If they were concerned about germs, police say they weren't concerned about exposing their children to drugs.

One of the biggest concerns that neighbors had was that this elementary school sits a few hundred feet away from where this house where the drugs were found.

Inside the home they found almost a pound and a half of marijuana, scales, pipes, grinders, and packaging materials.

Police also discovered $2,000 in cash and five marijuana plants.

The couple had hand-written notes that showed thousands of dollars' worth of pot had been sold at the house.

For police, it seems like a pretty easy case, the couple faces numerous drug-related and child endangerment charges.

However, for Brumley's son, it's harder.
Brumley said he was devastated, "He actually started crying."

He used to play with the couple's children.

"So he was crying and he didn't know what was going on."

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Jeleki - 12/5/2013 12:39 PM
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I am all for legalizing marijuana but as of today, it is illegal and therefore these people committed a crime. You may not agree with the speed limit on certain streets but you will get a ticket if you go above the posted limit. Same for the law. It is illegal, therefore, the parents committed a crime with minor children present and the police acted as they should have (corrupt or not). Even if they have health issues it only an excuse and doesn't justify breaking the law. They have set a poor example for their children. They have broken the law in the past (according to public records), broke laws in the present, and will most certainly break laws in the future. Why do they get to decide which laws are worth following and which ones are not? I may not agree with the law, but I will most certainly abide by them until they can be changed. It disturbs me how our society has taken away personal responsibility from individuals. It doesn't matter why you did what you did (health, bad childhood, poor, etc), the fact is you did something bad and should be held accountable. This couple should be fully prosecuted for their criminal behavior - pure and simple.

wowzers - 11/28/2013 1:25 PM
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The REALITY is...it's illegal. What about the pound and a half they had ready for sale? This is above and beyond the plants. I understand that cancer patient's use it, but it is not LEGAL. They need to move to California or Colorado and use if they want LEGAL. I just don't understand people who think they are above the law and not to mention they endangered hundreds of children. Selling within 100 yards of a school. If I was a parent in that community I would want them prosecuted for endangering my child. Everyone seems to forget the children, hundreds of them, not to mention their own. It is selfish. THAT is the reality.

Unwashed Mass - 11/28/2013 11:22 AM
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...our laws havent caught up with reality...

Unwashed Mass - 11/28/2013 11:07 AM
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It's not unusual for cancer patients to pool resources. Most patients would rather use pot to deal with the sickness of chemotherapy than live in a haze of legally-prescribed narcotics. Part of the crime here is that out laws havent caught up to reality, the other crime is that such a corrupt department as Mounds is passing judgement on others. Five plants would be a small circle of friends, the "packaging materials" (ziplock baggies) and cash (many rural folks dont trust banks) is hardly an indicator of hardcore criminality.

humanwithheart - 11/27/2013 11:49 PM
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Pot should be legalized and then it wouldn't be something wasting taxpayers money. Is it really any different than alcohol? Really? I'm sure wowzers is perfect....right?

wowzers - 11/27/2013 9:24 PM
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Public records show that these two are convicted felons. So, past behavior predicts future behavior as good ole Dr. Phil would say.

wowzers - 11/27/2013 9:14 PM
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AND if you call dope dealing people "decent" more power to you!!!

wowzers - 11/27/2013 5:25 PM
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Just stating the facts...they will have their day with a "judge" soon enough.

humanwithheart - 11/27/2013 4:52 PM
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From what I have witnessed, they are decent people and parents. They were at all their kids football games cheering them on. I'm not close to these people nor have I ever even tried pot. It should have been handled differently. Shame on others who are quick to judge.

wowzers - 11/27/2013 4:52 PM
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So I guess using and selling drugs in a home where there are children AND children going to school less than 100 yards from the home is ok...it is still endangerment on so many levels. If you aren't doing anything wrong then you have nothing to worry about. To lie and deceive a whole community and putting children at risk is WRONG. They will continue to lie and fall back on their illness as an excuse. They will never be stand up "pillars of the community" or own up that what they did was morally wrong. What a thing to teach your children. I feel sorry for the kids. There are thousands of people who are sick that don't sell drugs to make ends meet. They stand up, and get a JOB. If they were "healthy" enough to sell drugs, they are healthy enough to work. As for the police department, they were doing their JOB. The only people who would feel sorry for these people and think the police are wrong are people who have lived shady lives and think that breaking the law is ok. Last time I check, Columbus died a long time ago. So "used to be's" don't work in the world today. Everyone wants to blame someone else for their problems and I guess this is just another example. Be a responsible adult and do the right thing. It's not that hard.
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