TWIN FALLS • Police say two girls conducted an investigation of their own, complete with pictures, after suspecting their father of using methamphetamine.
On Sunday, Jan. 13, at about 3:30 p.m., police received a phone call from a 12 year old girl who told them she found meth pipes and other drugs in her 50-year-old father’s garage.
According to a police report, the girl and her 14 year old sister suspected their father was using drugs. The report states the girls were familiar with the signs of drug use because their mother was previously addicted to methamphetamine. The Times-News is not printing the name of the father in order to protect the girls’ identities.
From Jan. 17, 2012 to Jan. 17, 2013, Twin Falls city spokesman Joshua Palmer said Twin Falls police have received 421 calls for service about someone using or selling drugs. While it’s not uncommon for family members to call about each other, Palmer said typically the caller is a concerned parent.
“It’s less common for a child to call on parents. However, it does happen,” he said.
According to the report, both girls were previously in the custody of the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare because of their mother’s drug use.
After speaking to the 12-year-old on the phone, officers arrived at the house on Sixth Avenue East.
“Both girls were very upset and said that they saw the illegal narcotics in their dad’s shop,” the police report states.
According to the report, the girls looked through the shop and found a wooden carved truck. The top of the truck opens and was being used to store drug related items, the report states. When the girls found the items, they took pictures of the inside of the truck.
Police also reported the girls took pictures in December showing a glass pipe caked with white residue. The same picture shows a small plastic bag containing what appeared to be meth, the report states. Another photo taken the day police arrived shows the pipes, along with a bag containing what appeared to be marijuana.
Police spoke with the father, who denied police consent to search his office. However, while talking to the father, officers saw the wooden truck on a shelf in the office.
The father was arrested for two misdemeanor counts of injury to a child.
Police returned to the house at about 7:30 p.m. the same day with a search warrant for the garage and office. According to the report, police found a small baggie containing meth, two glass pipes, a glass test tube commonly used as a meth pipe and a plastic baggie containing marijuana. The father was then also charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance, one a felony and one a misdemeanor.