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5-Year Old Boy Tests Positive For Cocaine After Parents Busted For Alleged Drug Deal
A 5-year old boy was found sitting next to cocaine and subsequently tested positive for the drug in his system after his parents were busted on the way to an alleged drug deal in Moorpark on Friday.
Members of the Ventura County Interagency Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit and Sheriff's Department arrested Marco Cuevas and Sandy Cuevas after the couple were alleged to be on the way to sell cocaine. According to a press release from the Ventura County Sheriff's Office, Cuevas had "several ounces" of cocaine on himself along with a half-pound in the backseat with his son and $10,000 in "suspected drug proceeds" in the car.
Although the child had drugs in his system he was not hospitalized. "We just happened to test him because he was found so close to the drugs in the car," Captain Don Aguilar of the Ventura County Sheriff's Department told the LA Times.
Marco Cuevas had been under investigation by authorities for being a major supplier of cocaine and guns for local dealers. Authorities searched the couple's home in Sylmar where they found "several pounds of marijuana, hundreds of pills of prescription drugs, $75,000 in cash, 16 guns, and nearly 3000 rounds of ammunition."
Shocked neighbors told KTLA that the couple had three children and that Sandy Cuevas was pregnant with a fourth. Witnesses said they saw authorities take away the Cuevas' three children into protective custody.