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Published November 06, 2013, 03:34 PM

Three people arrested near Fargo elementary school on drug, child endangerment charges

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Fargo police say a drug bust near a Fargo elementary school is a graphic example of why drug use is not a victimless crime.

By: WDAY Staff Reports ,

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Fargo police say a drug bust near a Fargo elementary school is a graphic example of why drug use is not a victimless crime.

Officers conducted a drug raid on an apartment on 18th Street south, not far from Jefferson Elementary today.

Brandon Wahl, Tawni Johnson and Brady Swanson are charged with 7 crimes- including five felonies.

The felonies include attempting to distribute, possession of a controlled substance, and child endangerment as three children live in the apartment.

Police say the children are 7 years old or younger and the drugs were within arm's reach.

While Wahl and Johnson face four felony charges.

This man, Brady Swanson faces one felony charge of drug possession.

Lieutenant Joel Vettel told me that, beyond the drug bust and proximity to the school, the top priority for police was making sure the children living in the apartment were in a safe environment.

When they entered the home, Vettel says officers discovered meth on the floor next to a bag of halloween candy, and pills were on the night stand within arm’s reach of a sleeping baby.

Lt. Joel Vettel/Fargo Police Department: "We all know what children do, small children put everything in their mouth and we know that is something that certainly had high probability of happening when those drugs are left right next to the child."

Vettel tells us at least two of the children have been placed in Child Protective Services.

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