Local authorities arrested a man on suspicion of possession of narcotics and child endangerment after finding more than two ounces of cocaine in his home they say was packaged and prepared to be shipped by mail.
Officers, acting on a tip, found that Billy Lee Remick, 26, of Atascadero attempted to ship more than a pound of marijuana via mail to New York state, according to San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Tony Cipolla. The case was assigned to the Sheriff’s Office’s Narcotics Task Force, who secured a warrant to search Remick’s home.
On May 16, officers served the warrant on the 5000 block of Traffic Way in Atascadero, and a K-9 unit discovered 62 grams of cocaine packaged inside an oatmeal can and boxed for shipping.
Remick was not home at the time, but two family members were babysitting Remick’s 7-month-old son, who was in a crib beside a nightstand.
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Cipolla said that on top of the nightstand were several loose pills, including prescription and over-the-counter drugs, as well as a variety of illegal drugs — including Ecstasy — in pill form and within reach of the child.
According to Cipolla, the child later tested positive for cocaine following a urine sample and was taken into the custody of Child Welfare Services.
Remick was subsequently arrested and booked into County Jail on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance for sales and willful cruelty to a child, both felonies.
As of Friday, Remick was no longer in custody, according to jail logs.