Polk County, Tennessee, authorities found a child reportedly left alone in a vehicle containing dozens of bags of suspected marijuana, an assortment of other suspected drugs, $20,000 in cash and a gun at a small business in the Delano community Thursday.
Polk County sheriff's deputies Logan Brooks and Austin Sweeney answered the call in Delano and met the child's father, who was not identified in a news release from the sheriff's office. They also found the child, who was still in the vehicle.
"Upon talking with the child, deputies noticed a very strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle," the release stated.
The officers searched the vehicle and found two small coolers containing 153 individual bags of suspected marijuana weighing about five pounds, authorities said. Officers also found 1.5 ounces of suspected methamphetamine, four bags of suspected cocaine weighing about 6 grams and an assortment of pills, according to the release.
Along with the drugs, more than $20,000 in cash and a 9mm pistol were seized from the vehicle.
The unidentified man was arrested and charged with numerous felony drug and weapon charges along with child neglect, authorities said. Officials at the Polk County Sheriff's Office deferred comment about the father's identity to the sheriff, who did not immediately respond to the inquiry.
A relative took custody of the child, who was not injured, authorities said.
— Compiled by Ben Benton
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