Denton Police Find 38 Pounds of Marijuana In Home With Children
The parents of a child who was found unattended Wednesday morning were arrested after police found just more than 38 pounds of marijuana products in their home, according to the couple’s arrest affidavit.
Enrique Castillo, 26, and his girlfriend Regina Thomas, 28, both were charged with manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance greater than 400 grams.
Denton police initially were dispatched to a welfare concern call about 10:30 a.m. in the 3900 block of Redstone Drive. A neighbor found the couple’s child walking down the sidewalk with a pitbull-mix puppy, the affidavit said.
When police arrived, the child had soiled his diaper and wasn’t wearing shoes, police said.
Denton police eventually found the nearby home where the child lived and contacted the father, Castillo.
He told police he left the child alone to watch television when he went to the restroom for 15 minutes.
He said he didn’t know the child left the home. Police said they observed bruising on the child, which Castillo said was from the child playing.
He told police the child tends to fall.
During their investigation, Denton police saw a water pipe (bong) and a jar filled with what they believed to be marijuana on the living room table. The affidavit said the child easily could have reached the items if he were left alone in the area.
Police then called Child Protective Services and the child’s mother, Thomas.
Both Thomas and Castillo gave police permission to search their house, and police found what they described as a marijuana grow room in the home, along with at least eight jars filled with a combined 37 1/2 pounds of marijuana wax, the affidavit said.
Marijuana wax is a highly concentrated form of marijuana. It can have up to eight times more concentration of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the chemical compound in marijuana responsible for the euphoric high. It typically is the color of honey with a consistency of soft wax.
Police also found multiple bongs, nine cookies baked with marijuana wax in the kitchen and two rifles in the master bedroom. The marijuana originally found on the living room table weighed close to seven ounces, the affidavit said.
Thomas later admitted to making the cookies, the affidavit states.
Castillo claimed he ingests the marijuana wax nearly every day “to prevent cancer and other illnesses,” the affidavit said.
Child Protective Services took custody of the child and documented the incident. The couple were taken to Denton City Jail in lieu of a $20,000 bail for each suspect.
3900 block of Monte Verde Way — An 18-year-old woman was arrested Wednesday after her 17-year-old girlfriend accused her of grabbing her arms, neck and legs to keep her from leaving a bedroom, Denton police spokesman Bryan Cose said.
Earlier in the day, an argument started over one of the females potentially cheating on the other, Cose said. As the woman tried to stop the younger girl from leaving the room, the girl hit her in the face to escape, police said.
The girl called police about 11 p.m., and the 18-year-old was taken to the Denton City Jail on charges of unlawful restraint and assault family violence. The 17-year-old had minor bumps, bruises and scratches, Cose said.
1200 block of West Oak Street — A 70-year-old man reported his wife for stealing credit cards and $150 from his wallet Wednesday because “he does not believe that his money is community property,” according to a police report.
The man said this is the second time his wife has stolen from him. He called police at 12:41 p.m., but no arrests were made.
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