• Woman asks Memphis police to help find her keys; what they found instead landed her in jail

    By: Shelby Sansone

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    MEMPHIS, Tenn. - A South Memphis woman is facing multiple charges after she asked officers to help her find her keys – but they found drugs, guns, and ammo instead.

    Officers went to arrest Lashunn Cotton, 49, for an aggravated assault warrant Wednesday when she came to the door barefoot.

    She went with officers willingly, but asked police to let her go grab shoes. They escorted her inside with handcuffs on.


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    Cotton then told police she needed to lock her door, and asked them to help find her keys. Police looked on her nightstand and found a knife with white residue on it, a scale, and grinder instead.

    “That’s real crazy, shocking to know,” Neighbor Willie Redden said. “You got drugs and live ammo in the house and stuff, and asking the police for help she was like buying a ticket in jail.”

    The report said the officer put a bag of crack cocaine on the dining room table. Cotton immediately said, “Everybody get out of my house.”

    Police confiscated cocaine, liquid cocaine, crack cocaine, a digital scale, assault rifle, two handguns, ammunition, and $3,000 in cash.

    MPD said Cotton refused to sign a consent to search and refused to cooperate with investigators, but officers received a search warrant the same day to pick up the drugs and guns. 

    They also found four cameras surrounding the front door of the home.

    Cotton is in jail on a $100,000 bond.

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