A Lawrence home daycare operator was selling drugs from her residence and the center has been shut down, authorities said Friday.
During a raid Wednesday, Lawrence police discovered drugs and drug paraphernalia inside Children's Playpen after receiving a tip, according to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. The raid occurred in the pre-dawn hours before the daycare opened for the day.
At the police department's request, the state then immediately shut down the daycare operated by Tiffany C. Hubbard. Parents were notified the daycare had been closed for the health and safety of the children who attended there.
Lawrence Police Department Spokesman Trent McKinley said the allegations are that drugs were being sold out of the daycare during hours in which children would have been there.
"The evidence seized seems to support that allegation," McKinley said.
The state had just renewed the daycare provider's license on Oct. 1.The renewal was for a year. According to state records online, the last state inspection of the facility was Oct. 13, 2011. It was also checked five times in 2010, which included to investigate a complaint.
The daycare is at 766 Lake St.
No charges have been filed against Hubbard or anyone else yet because authorities said lab results aren't back yet.
Police did arrest Edward Newton, 43, on two failure to appear warrants that were from outside Douglas County. Newton was inside the home early Wednesday when armed officers and drug dogs arrived.
Neighbors said they weren't surprised by the police activity.
The daycare has been licensed at the location since 2010. Hubbard has been a licensed provider since 2001.
No one answered a door knock at the residence Friday afternoon.
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