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Glenville Police: Four face drug charges connected to house where 5-year-old present

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GLENVILLE – Four people have been arrested on drug charges in connection with an incident last week at a Maple Avenue home where a child was present, police said Monday.

The investigation included a picture of a man apparently actively injecting heroin with a child lying on the bed he was seated on, police said.

The incident began shortly after 9 p.m. last Monday, March 1, when a Glenville officer on routine patrol on Maple Avenue spotted a woman walking that appeared to be distraught, police said.

The officer stopped to see if he could help her and she responded she had just left a home on Maple Avenue where multiple people were using and selling heroin and cocaine, police said.

The woman then backed up her account with a photo she showed the officer that depicted the apparent drug use on the bed where the child was lying, police said.

The photo also showed the bed covered in drug paraphernalia, police said.

With the information from the woman, police sought and received a search warrant for the address, with the main objective to check on the welfare of the child, police said.

Police arrived at the home with the warrant at about 1:45 a.m. and they were greeted by an occupant. Police entered the home.  The department described the home as in “deplorable condition.”

They located the child and determined her to be in satisfactory condition, officials said. The child was later placed by Albany County Child Protective Services with a relative, police said.

The subsequent search of the residence uncovered a large amount of cocaine and heroin, police said.

Police later identified those charged in connection with the case as:

Emilio J. Acosta-Morales, 35, of Glenville, charged with fourth-degree conspiracy, three counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, felonies, along with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, endangering the welfare of a child and second-degree criminally using drug paraphernalia, misdemeanors.

Gabrielle R. Butler, 30, of Guilderland, charged with fourth-degree conspiracy and three counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, felonies, along with endangering the welfare of a child, seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and second-degree criminally using drug paraphernalia, misdemeanors. Police identified Butler as the child’s mother.

Orlando Cruz, 46, of Glenville, charged with fourth-degree conspiracy, a felony, along with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and endangering the welfare of a child, misdemeanors.

Kevin M. Coon, 37, of Glenville, charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor.

The defendants were arraigned and released to return to court later. Albany County Child Protective Services is to also continue proceedings against the child’s mother, police said.

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