2018-05-30 / Front Page

Duo arrested for allegedly trying to sell drugs to children on playground

Police in Cloverdale arrested two people accused of trying to sell drugs to children. On Monday evening around 5 p.m., officers were called out to the playground at the Stardust Hills neighborhood.

Police told Fox 59 News that 18-yearold Erica Souders and 20-year-old Drake Best tried getting children to buy marijuana and pills from them. The two supposedly told the kids the drugs would ‘make them feel good.’

Angel Cox, a Cloverdale teenager, was at the playground with her five-year-old sister. She reportedly took her little sisters home and they told their mom what happened. Within seconds, she called police.

Police told Fox 59 that when they confronted the suspects, Best handed over a bag of pills and a bottle of marijuana fell out of Sounder’s pants.

“As sad as it is, when asked about it he said he was just out here trying to make money, that’s all his reasoning was for it. (It’s a) pretty poor excuse, especially when it comes to getting children involved in this, it’s definitely no joke,” Deputy Marshal Levi App with the Cloverdale Police Department was said to report.

Souders and Best were arrested and taken to the Putnam County Jail, each booked on charges of dealing in a substance presented as a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, dealing in marijuana, possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia.

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