Cocaine found in elementary student’s pockets; Anderson police search for boy’s father

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ANDERSON, Ind. – An elementary student recently showed up to school with cocaine in his pockets.

On March 9, Anderson police responded to Erskine Elementary on a drug call. A student reportedly told a teacher another classmate had “white powder” on them.

“You have a student who saw something that wasn’t right and wasn’t afraid to report that to a staff member,” said Major Joel Sandefur, with the Anderson Police Department.

When the teacher approached the special needs student supposedly carrying the white powder, he told her that he wore his dad’s jeans to school that day.  Court documents reveal the boy pulled out two baggies from the jeans’ pockets.  The substance tested positive for cocaine.

Police are searching for the boy’s father, 49-year-old Jose Chagoya.  He’s wanted on several charges including drug possession and neglect of a dependent.

“It’s something I don’t think this individual anticipated happening to him in his dealings,” said Major Sandefur.

When the teacher and investigators talked with the boy, he told them “his dad sells the white powder and that he keeps it in a box in the closet.”

“It is alarming to see the details that the child knew and was able to articulate to the officer about his home life and his father’s activities,” said Major Sandefur.

Investigators know all too well there’s a dangerous cycle that comes with kids growing up in drug homes.

“Not only the narcotics that are there but the lifestyle that accompanies narcotics and what goes along with drug trade and the individuals that are visiting the house,” said Major Sandefur.

When detectives searched Chagoya’s apartment they allegedly found more cocaine, more baggies and scales stored on closet shelves.

“Someone is always watching you. You may be thinking you’re getting away with something but eventually it will catch up with you,” said Major Sandefur.

Detectives believe the child unknowingly brought the drugs to school.  He is not facing any charges.

Child Protective Services is involved with this case.

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