Police: Four children removed from Meridian home after adults admit drug usage

Posted at 10:32 AM, Jun 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-01 12:32:06-04

Four children are now in the care of Idaho Health and Welfare representatives after being removed from a Meridian home where the parents reportedly admitted to police they were using drugs in front of the children.

Following an anonymous tip that adults were using drugs in the presence of children, Idaho Probation and Parole agents along with Meridian Police patrol officers went to a home in the 400 block of West Cherry Lane Wednesday night.

According to Meridian Police Deputy chief Tracy Basterrechea, officials found in the house pipes used for smoking methamphetamine, marijuana pipes, and drug scales.

“Both adults admitted to using drugs in front of the children,” Basterrechea stated.

Arrested were Felipe Hinton, 37, and Amber Drury, 32, both of Meridian. Each face four felony injury to a child charges.

Hinton also faces a misdemeanor charge of possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia since officers found drug paraphernalia in his possession.

Authorities removed three girls –- ages 10, 12, and 14 –- and a two-year-old male toddler from the house.

Hinton and Drury are scheduled to make their initial court appearances in Ada County Thursday afternoon.