A man and a woman were arrested Tuesday night on drug and child endangerment charges after a narcotics raid in Gowanda uncovered a young child living in a home strewn with garbage, according to reports from the Erie County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies and detectives from the Narcotics Unit and Patrol Division executed a search warrant at 10 p.m. at 37 Union St. after multiple complaints of illegal drug activity occurring at the house.
Upon entering the residence deputies discovered crack cocaine and conditions of squalor including scattered garbage and food rotting in a broken refrigerator. A young child was living in the residence, deputies reported.
In addition, multiple occupants of the residence were found to be intoxicated by drugs, alcohol, or both, deputies said.
Alissa C. Jones, 42, was charged with narcotics possession, criminal nuisance, criminal use of drug paraphernalia and endangering the welfare of a child. Deputies identified Jones as the child’s mother and owner of the house.
Also arrested was Eric K. Pierce, 30, who was charged with endangering the welfare of a child. Jones and Pierce were taken to the Erie County Holding Center.
The child was placed with a relative for the night, according to the sheriff’s office. The child’s age was not disclosed.
A report was filed with Erie County Child Protective Services.