Commerce police are investigating a Jefferson Street couple after finding drug-related items in their apartment while assisting the Department of Family and Children Services with a welfare check.
A DFCS case worker asked for police assistance as she performed the welfare check on an infant due to a report that drugs were used in the apartment.
The 28-year-old white male resident admitted to prior drug use, but indicated he no longer used drugs. The DFCS worker asked about a “lock box” kept under the coffee table, whereupon the man said it contained items related to his former drug use and served as a “reminder” of that use.
He reluctantly opened the box, which contained pipes and other materials. The box also smelled strongly of marijuana, although the man denied that there was any in the apartment.
The man admitted, when questioned by the officer, that he would fail a urine test for the presence of marijuana.
The officer told him that the information would be turned over to the department’s criminal investigative division.
For reports on all the arrests made and incidents investigated over the past week by the Commerce Police Department, see the March 5 issue of The Commerce News.