ALAMOGORDO — Otero County Narcotics Enforcement Unit agents seized about 12 grams of cocaine, three grams of marijuana, a .22-caliber semi-automatic handgun and $200 in cash Tuesday after agents executed a search warrant on a residence in the 2700 block of North Florida Avenue, Sheriff Benny House said.
House said Lamont Dangelo Arrington, 32, and Sierra Knowles, 23, are charged with trafficking a controlled substance by possession (cocaine), conspiracy to traffic a controlled substance by possession (cocaine), possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of civil forfeiture of property ($200) and child abuse.
Both Arrington and Knowles are jailed at the Otero County Detention Center to appear in court as directed.
House said OCNEU agents, assisted by an officer from the Alamogordo Department of Public Safety, executed a search warrant around 3:35 p.m. on Arrington and Knowles’ residence.
“A 4-year-old and a 5-year-old child were present in the residence at the time of the incident,” House said. “When agents made entry into the house, agents detected the strong odor of recently burned marijuana. Evidence of recently burned marijuana was in plain sight. They found on the counters recently burned or remnants of marijuana cigarettes. The children were playing in the residence at the time agents executed the search warrant. The children were turned over to a responsible relative on scene.”
He said the drug paraphernalia consisted of scales and smoking utensils.
“The loaded 22-caliber handgun was found in the vicinity of the cocaine inside the residence,” House said. “The search warrant was based on information received from a confidential reliable informant. The Otero County Sheriff’s Department takes a proactive approach in their investigations of narcotics activities. Narcotics activities can be directly related to property crimes, domestic violence, child abuse and white collar crimes. Illegal drug activity can be associated with almost any type of crime.”
He said children are vulnerable when narcotics are present in a home.
“It’s concerning when parents place children in an environment where kids’ health and safety can be endangered by narcotics use and transactions,” House said.
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