LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI)   Five people were arrested after Lafayette police find drugs, including heroin and meth, scattered across a motel room that also had four children under the age of 8 inside.

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Around 7:15 Sunday evening, an anonymous call came in about a group of people using drugs in the presence of young children in a room at the Knights Inn motel.

When officers arrived, various drugs and drug paraphernalia were in plain view, along with an inactive meth lab. Police arrested the five people in the room for various charges:

Erica Shires is facing multiple charges including possession of heroin and neglect of a dependent.


Brandon Silva is preliminarily charged with possession of a meth lab and possession of a syringe.

Mitchell Decker was arrested for possession of marijuana and possession of syringe.

The two other adults in the room, Jacob Shires and Monica Ybarra, were arrested for visiting a common nuisance.

The Department of Child Services was contacted to assist officers in providing alternate care for the children.




  1. KC says:

    I want to know what happens to the children after they are rescued by DCS. How are these children reassigned to better homes? Do they try to put them with relatives first?

  2. Doc says:

    At least in this area CPS is having difficulties finding homes for all the children affected. What have others observed?