California Police Find Guns, Cocaine Among Toys at Los Angeles Day-Care Center
LOS ANGELES – Police found a stash of guns, cocaine and cash hidden alongside toys in a day care center, authorities said.
Maria Castellon, 47, the center's owner, was booked on suspicion of possessing cocaine for resale and held on more than $2 million bail, police said Wednesday.
The haul included 14 kilograms of cocaine, 50 pounds of marijuana, several guns and $300,000 cash, police Lt. Paul Vernon said. He said the woman's drug operation catered to Skid Row, an area known for its homeless and drug-addicted population.
"In the same place as cellophane-wrapped cocaine and marijuana and a loaded assault rifle and three handguns we found children's toys," Vernon said.
Castellon had an unlisted number and could not be reached for comment. It wasn't immediately clear if she had a lawyer. The duplex where she ran the day-care business was raided after authorities received a tip, Vernon said.