Parents Mexican Anchor Baby Drug Dealers Arrested and Three Children Taken Into Protective Custody After Narcotics Investigation
Salem Police Dept.– 06/03/11
Citizen complaints of possible drug activity led to the service of a search warrant at a Salem residence. Two adults were arrested on narcotics charges and five children were taken into protective custody.
The Salem Police Department Community Response Section received complaints from citizens of possible drug activity occurring at a residence where children were living. When detectives from the Salem Police Drug Activity Response Team (DART) responded to the residence on June 1st to investigate, they contacted 23-year old Christopher Carranza. Carranza was initially cooperative with detectives and allowed them into the residence. When the detectives smelled recently burned marijuana and asked Carranza about it, he became uncooperative and refused to allow detectives to search the residence. Present in the residence were five children ranging in age from 1 to 7.
Based on their investigation, detectives were able to obtain a warrant to search Carranza’s residence at 536 Locust St NE in Salem. When Street Crimes and DART detectives served the search warrant, they located drug paraphernalia, digital scales, drug packaging materials, drug records and 36 individually wrapped plastic baggies containing marijuana packaged and prepared for sale.
Three of the children were taken into protective custody and released to the custody of the Department of Human Services, and the other two children, who were the children of relatives and do not live there, were released to their parents.
Detectives arrested Christopher Carranza and the other adult resident, 20-year old Gabriella Lopez and transported them to the Marion County Jail. Both Carranza and Lopez were charged with Delivery of a Controlled Substance, Delivery of a Controlled Substance Within 1000 Feet of a School and five counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Minor.
The Salem Police Department has received over 175 citizen complaints of possible drug activity thus far in 2011, with many of them resulting in arrests and 39 children being taken into protective custody. Many of these investigations begin with citizens calling in suspicious circumstances and/or possible drug house complaints. The Salem Police Department encourages members of our community to continue to call the Drug Activity Hotline at 503-315-2566 to report such activity and make our community a safer place for everybody.