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4 kids found at drug house

4 kids found at drug house

It was a disturbing scene in Lindsay last week when police investigators found four young children lying next to a loaded gun and within reach of methamphetamine and marijuana.

The children – ages 8, 7, 4 and 2 – were found when police served a search warrant at a drug house in the 20700 block of Road 204 in Lindsay at about 7 a.m. on Aug. 22. The children were turned over to Child Protective Services.

The search warrant was the result of a two week investigation into the sales of illegal narcotics conducted by the Inter Agency Narcotics Enforcement Team (INET), consisting of personnel from Farmersville Lindsay and Exeter Police Departments and the Sheriff’s Department’s Narcotics Division.

The search revealed approximately five grams grams of Methamphetamine, two pounds of marijuana and 18 marijuana plants with a street value of $4,500, glass smoking pipes, packaging materials, and scales. Investigators also found several items stolen during recent burglaries.

Buenrostro, 39, Juan Carlos Ibarra, 32, and Maria Elena Ramos, 30, all of Lindsay. Buenrostro and Ibarra were arrested on charges of possession of a controlled substance for sales, maintaining a place for the sales of narcotics and child endangerment. Ramos was arrested on charges of child endangerment as well.

The investigation is continuing. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department Narcotics Division 559-713-2950.

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