Authorities in Lethbridge say that a couple, charged in connection with a drug bust at a west end home, are also facing child endangerment charges after five children, including an infant, were found during the search. On April 12, police executed a search warrant at a home and seized a supply of cocaine, marijuana and codeine.
Authorities with the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams were acting on tips that drugs were being sold from the home and a 39-year-old woman was arrested in connection with the bust. Police had arrested a 39-year-old male during a traffic stop on April 2 and traced him back to the home, where it is believed he was restocking his drug supply
Police seized the following from both incidents:
- 352 grams of powder and crack cocaine
- 155 codeine pills
- 24 grams of marijuana
- 8 grams of cannabis resin
- $200 in counterfeit U.S. currency
- Replica handgun
Officials say the street value of the drugs is about $38,500.
The names of the accused are not being released in order to protect the identities of the children, who were all found inside the home at the time of the police investigation.
Child and Family Services have been notified and the children have been relocated to a family member’s home.
The couple is facing a number of charges related to the drug trafficking operation as well as a charge of causing a child to be drug-endangered. The 39-year-old man has been remanded to custody while the woman has been released with several conditions imposed.