Police shocked at home’s filth
A Comanche County couple were arrested this week after concerned officials with Cache Public Schools and the Cache Police Department looked into statements from two students and were shocked at their findings.
Both Maria J. Martinez, 30, and Robert E. Smith, 33, appeared Thursday each charged with one count of possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. They were ordered held in lieu of $5,000 bonds, but the state could possibly alter the charges against them at a later date.
Cache Police Chief Donna Kimmel's affidavit said the investigation into the pair began Tuesday when school officials asked a school resource officer to check a residence on West B Avenue in Cache. Two students, 10 and 8, were regularly coming to school un-bathed and riddled with lice or bedbugs and school officials had received information the two were living in a house without water.
As soon as police arrived at the house, they reportedly smelled an overwhelming odor of marijuana. The children were at school. Smith a pizza delivery driver and Martinez, unemployed, were reportedly smoking when officers knocked on the door.
Investigators along with Department of Human Services workers went inside and allegedly found drug paraphernalia in plain sight, marijuana in a cabinet and a large amount of feces on the floor of the trailer. Smith allegedly told police there was methamphetamine under the cushion of the living room couch reportedly where the children slept but he said it didn't belong to him or his wife.