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Police arrested two Newton residents who were hiding powder cocaine in a infantâ€™s bedroom.
Authorities seized 186 grams of powder cocaine and $9,000 in cash from 911 S. Brady Ave. in Newton on Wednesday afternoon after Newton Police Department, the Catawba County Sheriffâ€™s Office and Hickory Police Department served a search warrant at the residence.
Newton Police Chief Don Brown said the suspects were hiding the cocaine inside an infantâ€™s bedroom.
â€śI think they probably do that because they think itâ€™s not as likely of a place where people would hide drugs,â€ť Brown said. â€śItâ€™s a place that people wouldnâ€™t think to look.â€ť
The residence was a two-bedroom apartment, and the cocaine was discovered in the room with a crib in it and things you would associate with an infant. He added that the baby is now in the custody of a family member. Â
Police arrested Alma Leticia Avalos Martinez and Jonathan Andres Mazo Lopez and charged them with trafficking cocaine. They are being held at the Catawba County Detention Facility on $100,000 secured bonds each.
The street value of the drugs is anywhere from $5,940 to $18,600 depending on packaging and time of sale, Brown said.
â€śThe cooperation with the sheriffâ€™s department and Hickory Police Department is a benefit to all of us, and is greatly appreciated,â€ť Brown added.
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