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Published May 02, 2014, 06:57 PM

Fargo police find filthy apartment in routine drug search where young children were living

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - What started as a routine drug search, led Fargo police to a filthy apartment, where three young children were living. Their two parents are now behind bars on drug charges.

By: Kay Cooley, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - What started as a routine drug search, led Fargo police to a filthy apartment, where three young children were living.

Their two parents are now behind bars on drug charges.

The drugs are some of the “least surprising” items found at the scene.

Apartment Resident: “I live here and I walked out my door and saw 15 cops down the hallway.”

The Apartment Building at 3521 30th Avenue South is buzzing.

After a drug search involving 32-year-old Wesley Gilbert and his wife, 23-year-old Amanda Gilbert, turns into something much more serious.

Apartment Resident: “We really weren't surprised.”

Police first took interest after receiving a tip that the couple was selling drugs. When they got into the building, the found everything BUT a routine search. They knocked on door #16, and a three-year-old let them inside.

Lt. Joel Vettel/Fargo Police: “Officers went from that role of really enforcing that search warrant into that caretaker roll.”

People living here say they were sure the couple was selling.

Apartment Resident: “You always see people going in and out.”

But were shocked when they found out the couple's three young children were living in filth.

Apartment Resident: “Hoped I guess that the kids would be outside playing when the stuff was going on.”

Police say officers were overwhelmed by the smell of cat urine when they entered.

Vettel: “It caused their eyes to burn.”

Inside they found piles of garbage, marijuana and drug paraphernalia, and $1,800 in cash.

All within arm’s reach of the young children.

Vettel: “It's dangerous.”

Police also found a one-year-old locked in of a dark bedroom- officers had to break in the door to enter and another infant living inside.

All while the parents and a guest were asleep.

Vettel: “I think any adult and any parent would certainly be appalled and shock their conscious to see this type of deplorable type of conditions.”

Apartment Resident: “It is just really depressing that other people are willing to put their own children through that.”

The only thing giving these residents comfort now is knowing the couple is in custody with an eviction notice on their door and hopefully the three children are in safe hands.

Vettel says the three kids are in protective custody with social services and both Gilberts will likely face more charges because of the conditions their children were living in.

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