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Babysitting grandparents busted for running a pot empire while watching the kid — allegedly

Babysitting grandparents busted for running pot empire with kid there

The police arrested a pair of Texas grandparents for possession of marijuana after finding plants, firearms and a pot-growing operation in their home, along with an infant. It happened in Southlake, an affluent Dallas area suburb.

Julia Elizabeth Thacker, 51, and Keith Edward Fields, 52, were arrested and charged with possession of marijuana following a Jan. 12 visit by the Southlake Police Department.

The police went to a house in the 100 block of Sweet Street, not far from police headquarters, in response to a request to conduct a welfare check on an infant residing there. The request implied that marijuana was allegedly being smoked and sold at house.

Officers went to the residence to check the welfare of the infant. Their investigation gave them probable cause to believe that marijuana was located within the residence, so they obtained a search warrant.

Their search yielded approximately 55 marijuana plants, numerous firearms and ammunition, and a "multi-stage marijuana growing operation."

The infant in the house, and the grandson of the duo, was relocated with a family member by Child Protective Services. Thacker and Fields have been charged with possession of marijuana greater than five pounds but less than 50 pounds.

Keith Edward Fields, Julia Elizabeth Thacker
Keith Edward Fields and Julia Elizabeth Thacker have been charged with possession of marijuana. Photo courtesy of Southlake PD
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