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May 16, 2014

Charges filed against mother accused of involving sons in marijuana grow

ANDERSON — Prosecutors have finalized charges against a woman accused of using her teenage sons to help her grow marijuana.

Jennifer Ball, 44, of Anderson, faces felony charges of possession of marijuana and neglect of a dependent. She also faces a misdemeanor charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor in connection with the case.

Ball was arrested April 23 in her home in the 500 block of South County Road 300 East, where police reportedly found marijuana plants and 31.6 grams of the substance in one son’s bedroom.

According to a probable cause affidavit, Drug Task Force officers were tipped off that Ball had been growing marijuana in the home.

They searched the home and found smoking pipes, scales, bongs, baggies and books on how to grow marijuana. In one of her son’s closet, police found two plants under lights.

According to the affidavit, Ball told police that she buys marijuana every week from a juvenile and that she often splits it with her sons. She also allegedly said she deals marijuana and enlists the help of her sons, and that the boys often have friends over to smoke. She reportedly told the officers she doesn’t see anything wrong with the situation.

Ball has a few misdemeanor convictions on her record, including conversion, criminal mischief and battery.

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