Guns Found in Bedroom of 3-Year-Old

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    Stratford Police
    Joel Nelson and Tamara Robles are facing multiple drug and weapons charges after a raid in Bridgeport.

    Police have arrested two Bridgeport parents, accused of selling drugs from their home and hiding weapons in the bedroom of their three-year-old daughter.

    Joel Nelson, 26, of Bridgeport, and Tamara Robles, 27, of both Bridgeport and Stratford, were arrested on Thursday.

    The Stratford Police Narcotics Vice and Intelligence Unit served a search warrant at the couple's home at 36 Louisiana Avenue in Bridgeport stemming from a drug investigation in their town.

    Police seized two safes, which contained 17 grams of cocaine, over 100 prescription narcotics pills including oxycodone, suboxone strips, more than five ounces of marijuana, and 299 bundles of heroin with a street value of about $59,000, police said.

    Officers also found ammunition and a cache of weapons, including an assault rifle, three shotguns and two handguns hidden in the bedroom of the couple's child, according to investigators.  One of the handguns was stolen, police said.

    Inside one of the safes was $4,900 in what appears to be proceeds from drug sales, according to police.

    "They came in and they went upstairs and took everythin gout of the home," said neighbor Laura Giacobbe.

    Nelson and Robles were taken into custody and charged with the sale of prescription medications and marijuana, the sale of narcotics, possession of an assault weapon, improper storage of a firearm, illegal transfer of a firearm, theft of a firearm and risk of injury to a minor. Nelson was also charged with operating a drug factory.

    "I'm in shock," said Janyra Marcano, another neighbor. "You know, you never expect it, but you know neighborhoods are getting so bad lately that anything could happen now."

    Police said the couple also has an 8-year-old daughter. It's not clear if the children were present at the time of the search.

    Nelson is being held on $500,000 bond and Robles remains behind bars on a $100,000 bond.  Both are due back in court Nov. 14.