TONAWANDA, N.Y., Oct. 31 (UPI) -- Three young children were showered in heroin during a SWAT team raid on a motel in suburban Buffalo, N.Y., police say.
Police said Indaleccio Rodriguez-Escalera, 22, of Buffalo, who was arrested along with his girlfriend in the Tuesday morning raid at an Economy Inn in the Town of Tonawanda, sent the heroin flying while trying to get rid of it, the Tonawanda News reported.
Police said when the SWAT team entered the motel room to execute a search warrant, Rodriguez-Escalera jumped out of bed and threw a handful of heroin around the room, coating his girlfriend's children, between the ages of 3 months and 3 years.
He then disobeyed officers' commands to get down on the floor and began fighting with one officer, the police report stated. He was subdued with the help of another officer, who punched him in the mid-section.
The couple were charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession with intent to sell, endangering the welfare of a child and reckless endangerment.
Rodriguez-Escalera was being held in lieu of $100,000 bail and his girlfriend, Melissa Rosario, also 22 of Buffalo, was released to her parents, the newspaper said.
The officers did not experience any symptoms from heroin exposure. There was no word on the condition of the children, who were taken to a local hospital for evaluation, the newspaper said.
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