Parents Busted With Stolen Gun, Drugs While Kids Watch, Police Say

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Police raided the home of a Springdale couple suspected of dealing marijuana, finding drugs and a stolen gun near the couple’s three children, police say.

Deparifh Tilly, 22, and April Sherman, 33, were arrested on suspicion of several felony charges, including felony possession of a firearm, simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms, theft by receiving, possession of drug paraphernalia, delivery of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and endangering the welfare of minors.

Tilly was released from the Washington County Detention Center on $3,500 bond, and Sherman was released on $5,000 bond.

The local Drug Task Force was investigating Tilly for suspicion of trafficking marijuana in Northwest Arkansas. A confidential informant bought marijuana from Tilly on three occasions while wearing a surveillance device, according to a preliminary report from the Washington County Detention Center.

The task force searched Tilly’s home and found three children, ages 8, 10 and 15. Authorities also found 204 grams of marijuana, morphine pills, plastic baggies, a digital scale and an undisclosed amount of cash, the report states.

Police also found a stolen .40 caliber Smith and Wesson pistol, according to the report.

The task force collected the evidence and arrested Tilly and Sherman at the scene.