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Narcotics Increasing Problem In Permian Basin

Odessa, TX (Big 2 News) - "Out of all the controlled substance arrests that have been made within the last year or two, the majority of have been cocaine," said Cpl. Steve LeSueur, communications officer for the Odessa Police Department.
Odessa, TX (Big 2 News) - "Out of all the controlled substance arrests that have been made within the last year or two, the majority of have been cocaine," said Cpl. Steve LeSueur, communications officer for the Odessa Police Department.

According to Odessa police, it's a problem that is steadily increasing in the city.

And police say there's been multiple cases involving children.

"Children's brains are still forming, their bodies are still growing. All of these things have a negative impact and can stay with them the remainder of their life," said Denise Malm, executive director for Harmony Home, a children's advocacy group.

According to Malm, Harmony Home works with families with children

The group helps the families be constructive and positive after experiencing a drug related situation.

"Illegal drug use does not make for better parenting. So, you can expect that these children are not receiving optimal parenting by their parents," Malm said.

According to Odessa police, Victor Gonzales and Erika Jiminez were arrested during a traffic stop here around 10 Tuesday morning.

"Discovered cocaine spread out all throughout the entire vehicle," LeSueur said.

Inside the cocaine covered vehicle, was a dog and a one-month old baby girl.

"Including cocaine right next to, literally next to the baby's bottle," said LeSueur.

Odessa police officials tell me the Gonzales and Jiminez were taken to the Ector County Law Enforcement Center.

The dog was sized by animal control and the baby taken into child protective services.

"It's not fair to the children to be participating in that type of illegal activity," LeSueur said.

Both Gonzales and Jiminez are facing charges of possession of controlled substance and endangering a child.

Jiminez faces an additional charge of tampering with physical evidence after a female jailer discovered drug paraphernalia Jiminez was trying to hide.
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