Woman says she didn’t know daughter had drugs, guns inside her home

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A South Nashville woman denied knowing her 16-year-old daughter allegedly had drugs and guns in her home in an interview with News 2.  

49-year-old Jennifer Tran and three teens, including her daughter, were charged after the illegal contraband was discovered inside her house on Elysian Fields Road Monday night.

According to an arrest affidavit, Metro Police responded to the home after receiving a tip. Officers say Vivian Tran, Tran’s 16-year-old daughter, answered the door. Investigators smelled marijuana, so they searched the house.  

Investigators say they found hashish, illegal mushrooms, two pounds of marijuana, 5,217 Xanax bars and three guns, including an AK-47 style weapon.  

Tran drove up while News 2 was in the neighborhood. She asked us not to show her home.  

“That’s bad for family,” Tran told News 2. 

Tran didn’t drive away and continued to speak with News 2. She said her daughter is now in DCS custody.  

According to Tran’s arrest affidavit, she admitted to police that she was aware of what they found inside her home.  

16-year-old Brandon Caruthers was one of the three teens arrested. He was also charged in connection with an aggravated robbery from nearly three months ago. 

Caruthers is accused of robbing a woman at gunpoint at 3940 Apache Trail on August 5. Metro Police and the court system had been looking for him ever since. 

Neighbors told us that they have seen police activity at Tran’s home before. According to Metro Police, officers have been to the home four times in the last seven months.  

Metro Police did not release the name of the third juvenile who was arrested because the charges were non-violent. Court officials said all three teens that were present in the home were charged with gun and drug possession.  

Tran is out on bond. Caruthers will be in court Oct. 30 to set a date for a hearing that will determine if he will be tried as an adult.

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