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Drugs found at Durham home day care

Posted February 18, 2009

— Police said they found cocaine and guns when they raided a home day care Tuesday.

Officers say they found 301 grams of cocaine and two guns when they raided the home at 308 Pearson Drive Tuesday morning. A 2-year-old and a 13-month-old were in the day care at the time of the raid, police said.

The operator of the day care, Agostina Mabel Pomiro, 25, was charged with cocaine trafficking, possession of cocaine with the intent to sell, maintaining a dwelling for the sale or delivery of controlled substances, misdemeanor child abuse and possessing a controlled substance on a day care property.

Pomiro is the mother of the 13-month-old, police said.

Victor Antonio Garcia, 20, of the same address, was charged with four counts of cocaine trafficking, three counts of possession of cocaine with the intent to sell, maintaining a dwelling for the sale or delivery of controlled substances, possession of drug paraphernalia, misdemeanor child abuse and selling a controlled substance on a day care property.

Both were being held at the Durham County jail. It was unclear if they had attorneys.


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  • sunshinegraves19 Feb 18, 2009

    My mother has owned a home daycare for 20 years. She received her Child Care degree from a great community college. And she is a 5-star ranked day care. Home Day Cares can be wonderful, they are smaller and a more intimate touch. She is able to truly be there for the babies. However, there are plenty of bad apples in the crowd. Parents need to do research before they send their child to any daycare. In Charlotte, for example, there the Child Care association provides a list of credible ranked day cares. Also, always check to see if they went to school and if they have references. Any day care facilities not on that list is basically a mom and pop operation that does not adhere to any of the rules or policies in place for home day care providers. It sounds as if the day care in this story was a front for drug activity and more of a neighborhood catch-all than true operation.

  • grenlyn1 Feb 18, 2009

    BEFORE this homedaycare was opened, the law requires this provider to have criminal checks and fingerprint checks, on all people living within the home. This provider did not comply with the law. Throw the book at them!

  • Justin T. Feb 18, 2009

    "If society is this bad now, i can't imagine how horrible it will be for my children..." least your children will be super high.

    Seriously, this is a good bust. 301 grams is a lot of coke and I'm glad this garbage is off the streets. Good job, leos.

  • sayitoutloud Feb 18, 2009

    bglover 5 and to the other one; I am WELL aware that alot of in home daycares are just great and wonderful. HOWEVER there are also in home daycares that are not licensed by the state of NC (which Im guessing this one was probably not). My child went to a daycare before she started school and it was great. I never had any issues the whole 4 years she was there. I dont think alot of people realize that these places dont have to be licensed if they dont have a certain # of children.
    So relax.

  • MadBiker Feb 18, 2009

    I hope our tax dollars will provide them with good attorneys!

  • any1butcarolina0405 Feb 18, 2009

    If society is this bad now, i can't imagine how horrible it will be for my children...

  • Adelinthe Feb 18, 2009

    How about child endangerment?

    But in truth, not sure how this could have been a real day care if there were only two children there and one of them was her own.

    But still, someone needs to have their head examined.

    Praying for her child.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • ljcs357 Feb 18, 2009

    Doesn't even matter the city..this happens in every area of the triangle.

  • lovebnamom Feb 18, 2009

    sayitoutloud...My child goes to the BEST home daycare! I am a teacher and my daycare provider has taught my children more than they would get in most other settings. Granted, it would be best if they could be with me but that is not always an option. Just like with anything else, we can not judge everything by ONE bad thing. If I treated my students that way, they would never have a chance!

  • bglover5 Feb 18, 2009

    This is for sayitoutloud. I have had a license home daycare for almost nine years. Please do not judge all homes by this one home that I do not believe should have been label a home daycare. In nine years my evalutions have always been top ratings, the children are prepared to start school and I have always had an open door policy. I feel very blessed to be doing what I'm doing. Parents leave their child and say they do not worry about them at all. Please be careful what you say, because most of us work really hard at having our daycare feel like a home away from home and safe surroundings.

    God's Little Blessings (Home Daycare and proud of it)