Neighbors happy after police bust up heroin operation

Published: Jul. 6, 2012 at 4:07 AM EDT|Updated: Aug. 10, 2012 at 12:09 PM EDT
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Niki Brown (left) and Tara Cummings (Source: LMDC)
Niki Brown (left) and Tara Cummings (Source: LMDC)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Seven children, under the age of 10, were found in a home that police said was used to traffic heroin.

Two women, who live in that house in southwest Louisville, have been arrested and neighbors said their arrest is the best thing that has happened in years.

Neighbor Melinda Hoskins, who said she used to take some of the children to school explained, "This is a really nice neighborhood, but one house can bring it all down."

Police said the house, that sits on the corner of Huberta and Joy Drive, is where they found a heroin operation. "There's about 20 of them that live there," Hoskins said of the residents.

Police said the children they found inside were trying to celebrate a birthday party at the time. "There's a newborn, a two-year-old and I think a three-year-old little boy," Hoskins said. "The ones I took to school were like 5 and 7-years-old."

Neighbor Tommy Johnson said it is a sad situation for the children. "There are kids there that we would see run up and down the road. They were small children who should have been watched after because you don't let a two and three-year-old run up and down the road."

Police charged two women, Niki Brown, 23, and Tara Cummings, 26, with trafficking heroin. Tuesday night officers came to the home to serve a warrant on Houston Abernathy, who they said ran out a back door.

Police said they found large amounts of heroin in baggies, multiple needles, spoons with residue, a scale and folded-up papers.

"It's been on-going all the time," said neighbor Charles Smith. "Either they're out in the front yard fighting amongst themselves or calling the police on one another or somebody violated an EPO."

According to the police report, once Brown got to Metro Corrections, she admitted she had another large amount of heroin hidden in her buttocks.

Nick House, who mowed the grass at the home, had to go inside once to get his money. "Under the table, there were dirty diapers piled up and I mean it was absolutely a mess! I wanted my money, but I told them to bring it on over because I had to get out of that house because it was not an environment safe for kids."

Hoskins said she was appalled by some of the things she knew about, "At Christmas time, they were on the Angel Tree and they were selling their toys."

Smith called the arrests a great thing. "It was a long time coming and I do believe they probably haven't gotten all of them, but they've got the core group, I think."

Neighbors said they feel sorry for the elderly woman who owns the home and they believed her house had been taken over by young relatives who continue to be in trouble with the law.

Officials said the children are being cared for by other relatives.

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