Child Protective Services removed five children living in deplorable conditions from a home in Lexington Park, Maryland, following a drug investigation, according to the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office.
Detectives learned drug dealers and users were traveling between neighboring homes in the 21000 block of Enterprise Road and got search and seizure warrants for each home, according to the sheriff’s office.
In one house, detectives found oxycodone, OxyContin and Adderall with a street value of $3,000. Next door, an 18-month-old girl, 4-year-old girl, 7-year-old boy, 9-year-old boy and 13-year-old girl lived in squalor.
“The conditions were terrible from the initial stench that you got at the doorway,” said Capt. Daniel Alioto of the St. Mary's Sheriff's Office. “There was severe infestation of both rodents and roaches, as well as other insects, and the kids were just not in a safe environment.”
Charges against the occupants of the homes are pending.
The homes were being subsidized through the St. Mary’s County Department of Housing, which was contacted.