Florence couple jailed for exposing kids to marijuana growing operation

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FLORENCE, Ala. - Law enforcement officers just never know what’s going to happen when they answer a call or make a traffic stop.

Shortly before noon on Saturday, an officer pulled over a car on Sannoner Avenue in Florence. The owner of the car actually stopped in front of his own home. When the man’s wife came out to check on him, that’s when police smelled a strong odor of pot.

It was the whiff of marijuana which led police to check the home.

Investigators said they found two children inside, both under the age of 6.

As Florence officers continued their search, they found what they are calling an elaborate indoor growing operation for marijuana.

Jacqueline and Jeremy Hamner

Jacqueline and Jeremy Hamner

Jacqueline and Jeremy Hamner were arrested and face multiple felony charges. Those include exposing children to narcotics and unlawful possession of marijuana.

Authorities said they found more than 10 mature marijuana plants being grown in buckets.

The children were taken into the custody of the Department of Human Resources for their safety.

Jacqueline Hamner has bonded out of jail. At last report, Jeremy Hamner remains behind bars on bail totaling $13,500.