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Dozens of marijuana plants found growing at Haywood Co. home

By Erica Williams
By ewilliams@wbbjtv.com

HAYWOOD COUNTY, Tenn. -- Haywood County deputies said they pulled up 23 marijuana plants growing in the backyard of a home on Bonds Ferry Road.

"We saw police going up and down the road," said Mary Beard, a neighbor who witnessed the Tuesday incident.

According to deputies, Franklin Cliff is charged with possession of marijuana with intent to sell. Deputies said tips led them to the home that belongs to his 92-year-old mother.

The high-grade marijuana, known as lemon kush, was found Tuesday behind a chicken coop. Deputies said the drugs sell for double the price of regular marijuana and is estimated to be worth more than $20,000.

"This is shocking because this is a nice neighborhood and mostly elderly or disabled people, like myself, live here," Beard said.

Deputies are not sure how long Cliff has been growing marijuana.

Beard said the suspect's mother has a heart condition which makes the incident not only scary but sad.

"I'll be praying for her, because she didn't know and she's a good woman," Beard said.

Deputies said they do not believe the mother, who is ill, knew about the marijuana.

Cliff is being held at the Haywood County Jail in lieu of $75,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear in court Sept. 9.
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