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Police seize coke from infant’s room

August 11, 2011

Police arrested two Newton residents who were hiding powder cocaine in a infant’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 Sheriff’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 infant’s bedroom.

“I think they probably do that because they think it’s not as likely of a place where people would hide drugs,” Brown said. “It’s a place that people wouldn’t think to look.”

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.  

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.

“The cooperation with the sheriff’s department and Hickory Police Department is a benefit to all of us, and is greatly appreciated,” Brown added.


Rental Units

August 12, 2011 by ryray (not verified), 3 years 40 weeks ago
Comment: 620

Am I the only one who is seeing a trend in rental units here in south Newton? Three times in a span of less than thirty days we have had alarming news about significant crime and the one common denominator is rental property.

First we had the home invasion and near murder of an elderly woman in an apratment complex near South Newton Elementary School. Second was an armed mugging where the two victims were assualted and the perpetrators fled to the very same apartment complex. Now we have this in another rental unit.

I know this isn't new as there are plenty of incidents around town and I would wager that the vast majority occur in rental properties. I am making an assumption but I think these are less cared for, more run down, and "cheaper" units.

I would love to see our city leaders draft some policy to hold absentee landlords more accountable for what occurs on their properties. I know the Newton police can't say it but I would bet that a good portion, a disproportionate ratio to single family homes, of their call volumne is to this type of occupancy.

Well lit parking lots, trimmed hedges, knowledge of who is staying there, limits to visitors, and other measures could be asked by a city code to rental property owners to reduce these problems.

If I owned income producing property I sure wouldn't want my name tarnished by being a crime hub or hurt my ability to make money.

Is there any doubt...

August 12, 2011 by Backbone (not verified), 3 years 40 weeks ago
Comment: 617

...that Newton is begining to experience the first indications of infiltration and beginings of criminal activities by the Mexican Drug Gangs. I have warned of this in the past and the Newton City Government has DONE NOTHING to enforce the exisitng laws and ordinances regarding living and habitation in Newton, AND NOW IT BEGINS!

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