Child aids in parents’ drug arrest

On April 23, 2010, Investigators from the Curry County Sheriff’s Office and Clovis Police Department, who are assigned to the Region V Drug Task Force, served a search warrant at a residence in the 2800 block of Harrison in Clovis.

An investigation was initiated after a thirteen year old child reported that the child’s parents were addicted to drugs and using them on a regular basis within the residence. The child alleged the home was continually an environment of fighting, drinking, and drug abuse and they (the child) were scared for their safety and the safety of the siblings. The child reported that they had found a bag containing drugs in the house and hid them from the parents. During the search, agents found this bag and identified its contents as methamphetamine.

While searching the garbage dumpster behind the house, agents found a bag containing mail belonging to one of the parents, beer cans, and numerous items used to consume methamphetamine. These items included 33 individual pieces of burned aluminum foil, known as “rails”, and straws which facilitate the ingestion of the drug. These items contained residue that tested positive for methamphetamine.

The parents, Danny and Samantha Alcala have been arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, tampering with evidence, and child endangerment.

The thirteen year old child, along with siblings, ages 4 and 6, were removed from the home and placed in the custody of the Children, Youth and Families Department.