Gary man arrested after police find drugs, filth in home, police say

2013-04-05T19:45:00Z 2013-04-05T23:25:15Z Gary man arrested after police find drugs, filth in home, police saySusan Brown, (219) 662-5325

CROWN POINT | Officials declared a home in the Aetna section of Gary uninhabitable Thursday and police arrested a man living there on a drug charge, police said.

Daniel P. Thomas was arrested after police responded to a tip about possible drug activity at the house in the 600 block of New Jersey Street, according to a release from Lake County police spokeswoman Patti Van Til.

PoliceĀ also notified the Department of Child Services after they learned at least four children were living in the home and others were brought there for baby-sitting, police said.

When police arrived at the home, they found an open rear door and a foul odor coming from inside, police said. Officers also saw children's clothing lying throughout the home, as well as urine, feces, rat or mouse droppings and moldy food, police said.

No one answered the door, so officers entered the home to secure a possible crime scene, police said.

Inside, officers discovered in plain view 113.5 grams of marijuana and morphine pills, other prescription medications and a substance suspected to be PCP, theĀ release stated. No one was home.

Thomas, an alleged gang member, was located in the area and said he lived in the home, police said. He was arrested on a charge of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute.

Police contacted Gary Building Commissioner Steven Marcus, who declared the residence uninhabitable and ordered it boarded up immediately, the release stated.

Lake County Sheriff John Buncich encouraged area residents to continue to call the county police tip line.

"If you see something like this in your neighborhood, please call us and we will see what we can do," Buncich stated in the release.

The Sheriff's Department tip line is (800) 750-2746.

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