By JACOB LOPEZ
A 19-year-old San Benito man has been arrested for possession of a controlled substance, three counts of child endangerment and drug paraphernalia, according to local authorities.
At 6:12 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 3, officers with the San Benito Police Department responded to a residence on the 400 block of Commerce Street.
The incident involved three small children inside a residence and concerns of them being neglected, police said.
They were greeted by the man in question, identified as Jesus Garcia, who was wearing blue latex gloves and a bloody shirt.
According to San Benito police, the man claimed that he had cut himself while working out, and officers – not knowing the conditions of the children inside the home – detained the subject.
SBPD Assistant Operations Chief Michael Galvan said that the call was originally regarding the welfare of the children and the blood prompted officers to continue investigating.
Inside, police say they encountered a strong odor of urine. They also found several small baggies on the couch containing a white powdery substance that later tested positive for cocaine.
Officers also found three small children ranging in ages from 1 to 3 years. They were locked in a room without adult supervision.
Police arrested Garcia and he was taken to city jail, where he was arraigned by Municipal Judge Ben Yudesis and given a $225,000 bond.
Child Protective Services (CPS) was also notified and launched an investigation. The children were released to their mother.