Eight children are in the custody of Child Protective Services after police searched a Nevada City home and found the kids' parents were smoking and growing pot in the house.
The officers reportedly found 20 marijuana plants, plus plants growing in a 14-year-old girl's bedroom closet, during the search late Thursday. Police said the girl's clothes were on the closet floor, apparently making room for the plants.
Officers from the Nevada County Sheriff's Office, the Sheriff's Narcotics Task Force, the Nevada County Probation Department, the Grass Valley Police Department and the Nevada City Police Department searched the home on the 200 block of South Pine Street as part of the probation terms of a man who lives there, Milo Geary, 27.
Geary is on probation for a drug-related offense, Nevada County Sheriff's Capt. Ron Smith said.
Geary's two children were living with him in the two-story home, along with residents Peter Silverman, 39, and Carol Silverman, 48, and their children. The children ranged in age from 3-17.
The Silvermans reportedly tried to push the officers back as they entered the home, according to Nevada County Sheriff's Narcotics Task Force Sgt. Chris Sharp.
Carol Silverman confronted a probation officer and began shoving him out of the way, and as an officer tried to restrain her, her husband got involved in the scuffle, Sharp said.
"A significant amount of marijuana was located in close proximity to the children," he said. "They had access to it and they had been breathing marijuana the parents smoked throughout the house."
Several of the kids told investigators the marijuana smoke bothered them, he said.
The Silvermans were arrested on suspicion of child endangerment and obstructing an officer, and Geary was arrested on suspicion of child endangerment and violation of probation.
The children were taken into custody by Child Protective Services. They were treated at the Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital emergency room using a pre-established medical protocol for drug endangered children (DEC), Sharp said, which included treatment for THC ingestion. Tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, is the main psychoactive substance found in marijuana plants.
Sharp said the adults in the home had prescriptions for medical marijuana.
"A prescription doesn't give you the right to break the law and subject other people to it," Sharp said.
Smith said 11 drug endangered children were taken into protective custody in Nevada County in 2006.
"This one incident puts us at eight for this year," he said.
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