Man watching 4-year-old found asleep and in possession of heroin

A 19-year-old city man who was supposed to be watching his 4-year-old cousin on Wednesday morning was found sleeping in a bedroom where city police discovered one “bundle” of heroin and some marijuana, according to court records.

Upon entering the second-floor bedroom where Terrance Xavier Perez was sleeping, Patrolman Jason P. Bolt said that he “immediately smelled a strong odor of burned marijuana emanating from the room.”

Upon being awakened and seeing a police officer in front of him, “Perez attempted to cover up money and drug paraphernalia,” Bolt wrote in an affidavit.

Perez was inside 2129 Lincoln St., where police were dispatched about 11:40 a.m. to check on the welfare of a child who was believed to be left alone in the house, Bolt said, adding he believed Perez had been smoking marijuana.

Bolt said that when he arrived on the scene, he “made contact with the child, but the child was unable to say if any adults or if anyone else was in the house.”

Soon a woman identified as Suzanne Kent showed up and told police that she was the child’s mother and owned the property, Bolt said.

Kent told police that she left her son in the care of Perez, her nephew, Bolt said. The woman told him that Perez was most likely upstairs. The two went upstairs and found him asleep.

Kent signed a consent search waiver allowing police to search the property after Bolt said he saw “several bags of drug paraphernalia strewn about the bedroom.”

Police still obtained a search warrant because there was evidence that Perez, whose address was listed at 400 W. Third St., had been staying there and was receiving mail there, Bolt said.

In addition to seizing 15 bags of heroin and “a sizable amount of marijuana,” police took possession of $6,000 of suspected drug money, Bolt said.

Following his arraigned before District James Carn on charges of possession with intent to deliver heroin and marijuana, Perez was committed to the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $50,000 bail.