Couple accused of drug possession, child endangerment

A Murrieta man was arrested on charges of drug possession and child endangerment and a Murrieta woman was arrested on a charge of child en...

A Murrieta man was arrested on charges of drug possession and child endangerment and a Murrieta woman was arrested on a charge of child endangerment after a traffic stop led to the search of a vehicle and a warrant search of a local residence, authorities said.

A member of the Riverside County Regional Gang Task Forced stopped a vehicle near the intersection of Murrieta Hot Springs Road and Alta Murrieta Road about 2 p.m. on March 29, according to a news release from the Murrieta Police Department. The officer detected a strong odor of marijuana in the vehicle and performed a records check on the suspect, identified as 26-year-old Anthony Harris.

The check indicated that Harris had several arrests for being in a criminal street gang, possession of weapons and burglary. A police dog was called in and a search of the vehicle revealed a large amount of cash, cocaine and a false compartment. During a subsequent warrant search of Harris' residence, officers found a large amount of cash, some of it hidden inside the toys of small children living at the residence. Also located were narcotics paraphernalia, scales, baggies commonly used to package illicit narcotics, brass knuckles and ammunition.

The narcotics paraphernalia was located in an open area of the home and easily accessible to small children, police said. Both Harris and the mother of the children, 26-year-old Meisha Everett, were placed under arrest and booked into the Southwest Detention Center.


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