Resident accused of trafficking

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By David Giuliani

Authorities arrested a Las Vegas man they suspected of trafficking in crack cocaine. In so doing, they discovered a house that they believed was dangerous for two children.

The Region 4 Narcotics Task Force got an arrest warrant from state District Court for Joseph A. Montoya, 41, 837 Union St.

According to court documents, a narcotics agent on April 18 found six rocks of crack cocaine that were wrapped in foil as well as a crack pipe in the suspect’s pants pockets. More crack was found around the Union Street house, officials said.

Montoya was taken to the county jail on charges of trafficking crack cocaine, two counts of child abuse and possession of drug paraphernalia.

In searching the house, agents found exposed electrical wiring that posed a fire hazard, ceilings on the verge of collapsing, spoiled food in the refrigerator and kitchen cabinets, and the smell of human and animal feces.

Task force Sgt. Mack Allingham said in a statement that it was a shame the two children had to live in such conditions. “The bottom line is that the parents chose to expose their children to this type of environment and chaos,” he said.

As such, authorities charged the children’s father, Montoya, with child abuse. Allingham said the problems are being referred to the state Children, Youth and Families Department for further investigation. The children are 7 and 15 years old.

Three other people in the house, Gary Coca, Lucille Duran and Mikey Vigal, were charged with various narcotics offenses, police said.

Magistrate Court set Montoya’s bond at $10,000 cash-only.