OKLAHOMA CITY – A case of drugs and guns kept around kids has the Oklahoma DHS under fire from law enforcement.
Wednesday night Oklahoma City police raided a home near SW 89th and Penn.
Inside the house officers recovered numerous weapons and drugs.
The drug bust landed the homeowner Paul Hayes behind bars for child endangerment.
Then came the issue of what to do with Hayes three grandkids who were in the home at the time.
The kids were placed with their father who lives in another home.
“It’s all just kind of shocking,” said the children’s father Jose Cartagena.
Cartagena is the father of the kids found in the home.
A DHS worker sent the kids here to Jose’s home, despite concerns by police.
“The officers had some concern in this incident with the person the children were released to because that person has a criminal past,” said Oklahoma City police Captain Dexter Nelson.
In 2008, prosecutors charged Cartagena with intent to distribute meth.
The next year even more drug and thefts charges were filed against him, but the dad maintains he’s put that criminal activity in the past.
“That’s way behind me and long gone,” said Cartagena. “I’ve done everything I needed to do to get it behind me. I’m good now.”
Officials with DHS say the custody issue is still under investigation, but add the father is not accused of any wrongdoing in this case.
“This case is not over. A temporary decision was made. We will ensure the safety of these kids,” said DHS spokesperson Sheree Powell.
So far police only arrested Hayes, but more criminal charges could be filed against other adults who lived in the home.