Drug bust nets babysitting grandmother, police say

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A local grandmother babysitting her grand kids was arrested last week after detectives executed a search warrant for drugs at her Barton Heights home.

According to police, they found 24 bags of marijuana, three digital scales, $2,190 in cash , two stolen guns, bullets, crack cocaine and hydrocodone pills when they searched the East Rollins Road home on Thursday.

Amid all the drugs and guns, authorities said they found two small children under the age of four. Their grandmother, Melissa Smith, told police she was babysitting them. Once police arrived, she called one of the child's mother and asked her to come care for them.

"She shouldn't of had all that stuff around there with kids," a concerned grandfather said. "I wouldn't have any drugs or stuff around my baby."

Samuel Banga says he's also worried about Smith's grandchildren.

"It's not right, because the kids are going to see what you're doing and end up doing the same thing."

He runs a corner store down the street, and says drugs are dealt around here all of the time.

"I've been here more than seven years. That's what goes on in the neighborhood."

He says there's only one way to stop it. "Police officers have to be here all of the time. That's the only way they're going to stop it."

Additional stolen handguns and drugs were reportedly also found in the son's bedroom.

Smith was arrested and charged with drug possession, theft of property, possession of drug paraphernalia and being a convicted felon in possession of a handgun.