Alice Jennings, 40, is facing preliminary charges of possession of marijuana, dealing marijuana, cultivating marijuana, dealing marijuana within 1,000 feet of a school and dealing marijuana within 1,000 feet of a public park. All are Class D felonies.
Roachdale Town Marshal Mike Mahoy said officers from the Roachdale Police Department discovered a row of marijuana plants growing along a railroad tracks behind a neighborhood made up of Habitat for Humanity homes on the town's south side.
Mahoy contacted the Indiana State Police about the matter around Labor Day weekend, he said. Mahoy was told cameras would be installed at the site to record any activity there.
"They were supposed to come out (last) Monday and take the cameras out, but come to find out they were never put in," Mahoy said.
On Friday night, Roachdale officers began their own surveillance of the plants, Mahoy said.
"About 11 p.m., a female came through and started picking through and tending to the plants," Mahoy said.
That female turned out to be Jennings.
"At first she told us she was out looking for her lost dog," Mahoy said.
Eventually, Mahoy said, Jennings admitted to growing the plants. She told officers she was "at the lowest point in her life," Mahoy said.
Jennings' bond was set at $20,000 cash.
Habitat for Humanity Board Member Brian Lathrop said officials from the organization had no comment.