Spfld. Parents Under Arrest for Selling Drugs with Kids at Home
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) – Two Springfield parents are under arrest after police break up an alleged drug distribution operation in their apartment, all while three young kids are inside.
Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney says that the police department had been receiving leads and neighborhood complaints about “a boyfriend/girlfriend pair who were selling drugs” out of an apartment at 89 Kensington Street in Springfield.
Investigators on surveillance saw a man leave the apartment around 3:30 Thursday afternoon. That person was picked up by officers a short time later on Orange Street with oxycontin and money allegedly on his person.
Detectives then moved in with a search warrant and raided the apartment.
As officers entered the apartment, Delaney says that they allegedly found three kids – ages 2, 3, and 4 – playing in the kitchen, and a woman, identified by police as 21-year-old Jenise Rodriguez, “laying on the couch naked” in the living room.
Police ordered Rodriguez to get dressed and to secure her children, so that detectives could search the apartment.
Delaney says that while officers were there, one of the kids, the three-year-old girl, allegedly asked her mommy for some candy, to which Rodriguez told her no and that she didn’t want her eating more candy.
One of the officers on-scene, Sgt. Julio Toledo, put out his hand to get the candy from the girl, and when he did, he saw two bags of heroin in the girl’s pocket with some of the candy.
The girl then said, according to Delaney, “Uh oh, that’s daddy’s.”
“This is a dangerous situation, having drugs like that,” Delaney said. “If the little kid ingested that, she would be dead.”
Rodriguez was arrested in the raid, along with her boyfriend, 25-year-old Brian Henriquez.
Police recovered a quantity of heroin, percocet, Oxycodone, and Crack Cocaine from the apartment, along with $98 in cash, three ‘BB’ guns, and other drug paraphernalia.
Both Henriquez and Rodriguez are being charged with several drug charges, including possession of heroin and cocaine with intent to distribute, as well as one count each of reckless endangerment of a child.
The pair is slated to be arraigned Friday in Springfield District Court.
The kids have been temporarily placed in the custody of a relative. A report has been filed with the Mass. Department of Children and Families.