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Children Test Positive For Meth, Parents Arrested

Children Test Positive For Meth, Parents Arrested
Thursday, February 16, 2012 - 1:30pm

LAS CRUCES -  Police have arrested and charged the parents of two children who tested positive for methamphetamine.

Mical L. Culpepper, 27, and his wife, 25-year-old Bertha Alicia Ocon, are charged with one count each of negligent child abuse. Culpepper and Ocon were arrested Wednesday.

On Thursday, Feb. 9, Las Cruces Police served a search warrant on the couple’s home, where evidence of illicit drug usage was uncovered. During interviews with the couple, investigators learned that Culpepper and Ocon both smoke methamphetamine and allow their friends to use drugs within their apartment.

Culpepper has subsequently tested positive for methamphetamine, codeine, morphine and heroin. Ocon and their 3-year and 11-month old children tested positive for methamphetamine.

All three of the couple’s children have been living with other relatives since Feb. 9.

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