Police reportedly found marijuana plants in the house where 41-year-old Rolando Naranjo and Betsy Espinoza, 33, had been living.
“We didn't know anything about it. They were squatting in the apartment,” Hialeah Police Sgt. Carl Zogby told The Miami Herald. “It was discovered as a fluke.”
A Palm Springs Middle School teacher allegedly noticed the stench of weed coming from the 11-year-old boy’s backpack during school on Monday and notified a Miami-Dade Schools police officer, the paper reported.
The boy allegedly told police that his dad used the backpack to transport drugs and that there were multiple pot plants in his home.
“Also (name redacted) stated that a lot of people go to his house and Mr. Naranjo sells people marijuana for money,” the police report read.
Police then obtained a search warrant. The parents were both charged with multiple drug charges and child neglect.
Police said the conditions of the home were “deplorable.”
The parents also have a 4-year-old child, according to reports.