3 children found in home where meth is cooked

Posted at 3:17 PM, Mar 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-29 22:38:50-04

Phoenix police found three children in a northwest Phoenix home that was being used as factory for making methamphetamine.

Police got a tip saying there was drug trafficking being done at home near 31st Avenue and Union Hills Drive, so on March 23, they went to the house and simply knocked on the door and asked. 

Court records show that 26-year-old Efrain Parades answered the door and the questions police had. 

Parades showed them a car, where police say they found twenty pounds of a substance that later tested positive to be methamphetamine.

Police say they also found other items used in the production of the drug in the car and in the house.

Authorities say Paredes told them, his roommate would take the meth that came in from Mexico and cook it into larger pieces to sell to clients. The roommate, 46-year-old Armando Dorame Medina, would pay Parades' bills and part of his rent. 

Parades reportedly told police, "The fumes from the process were so bad that he removed the children to the backyard because he thought they could get sick from the smells."

The three children are one, two and five years old.

Parades is facing a "dangerous drug violation charge."

Medina was located the same day in a truck near 40th Avenue and Indian School Road. In the truck was 12 pounds of meth worth about $36,000.

Medina is being charged with conspiracy to transport and sell drugs.