HAMMOND, LA — The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office says it arrested two women who were found smoking what is believed to be pot inside of a car. Deputies say there were two toddlers in the back seat at the time.
They say it happened on Sept. 19 at a restaurant parking lot on North Morrison Boulevard in Hammond. Two TPSO deputies were on their lunch break when they say they walked past a car and smelled a, “…strong and overwhelming odor of burnt marijuana.”
Deputies say they saw two women smoking pot in the car — in plain sight — with two small children in the back seat.
The women are identified as 24-year-old Shadreka Addison and 21-year-old Karen Jones, both of Independence.
Deputies say they searched the car and found a clear plastic bag with what appeared to be burnt marijuana cigars.
The TPSO says marijuana possession is a misdemeanor. But possessing or consuming illegal narcotics in the presence of a minor is a felony.
Deputies identify Addison as the mother of the two children. They say Addison’s children were released into the custody of family members.
Both women were booked with a list of charges including drug possession and contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile.