Last month, we told you about a suit filed by the Boulder District Attorney's Office againstSilverio Nuanez
, a 74-year-old accused of allowing his residence to be transformed into ameth flop house
This action seems to have had little effect thus far. Police raided the home again yesterday, arresting eight people, including Nuanez and a couple, Stacia Kendrick and Jason Gonzalez (seen here wearing a cap sporting the word "Felon"), whose baby was reportedly found near drugs and paraphernalia.
The respective Facebook pages of Kendrick and Gonzalez include numerous portraits of the pair. Here's a shot of Kendrick....
...and here's another of Gonzalez: However, both pages are dominated by snapshots of their baby. We're excluding them from this post, but featured images include pics of Jason and the infant cuddling, as well as one of the child drooling out a viscous goo accompanied by a caption that reads, "mmmm...mmmmm....mmmmm... GREEENN BEANS!!"
Such scenes of parental doting stand in contrast to the portrait painted by 7News. The station reports that Gonzalez, known by the street name "J-Dogg," has a hefty criminal history, marked by beefs such as kidnapping, domestic violence, false imprisonment, violation of a protection order and suspicion of dangerous drug possession -- the last one from earlier this month in Northglenn.
Yesterday, Gonzalez and Kendrick were among those taken into custody -- and the baby is said to have been taken from "a room near a pipe and a baggy of white powder" found on a dresser near one of his toys. The infant was spirited to a local hospital, where he was found to have bug bites on his head and a facial rash that may have been caused by what's referred to as "chemical exposure."
Such episodes may seem shocking, but they're not the slightest bit out of the ordinary at this particular abode. Continue for more coverage of the latest raid at an alleged meth flop house, including more photos and video. As we've reported, Nuanez lives at 330 Collyer Street in Longmont, and as captured in the following interactive graphic (if you have problems seeing the image, click "View Larger Map"), the place looks nice enough:
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Despite its modest size, though, the house apparently has had lots of people living in it over time. A December raid -- one of several that have targeted the structure -- turned up thirteen residents, including an infant, with conditions described as "squalid."
According to the complaint against Nuanez, who's listed as the property's owner along with his late wife, he "has stated to associates that he has been trading narcotics for rent at his house, thus allowing his home to become a 'flop house' for methamphetamine users."
No wonder police officers are so familiar with Chez Nuanez. The document (on view below) counts 114 calls for service since January 2008, with a wide variety of complaints represented. They include (deep breath):
Criminal mischief; civil problems; parking complaints; disturbances; drunk subjects; noise complaints; loose dog; warrant arrests for wanted parties; domestic disturbance; narcotics complaints; theft; restraining order violations; trespass; harassment; summons issued; unwanted parties; assault; loitering; and suspicious persons/activities.
And that's not to mention the assorted SWAT team raids, outlined in the complaint like so:
• In August, 2011, two people were reportedly arrested and two bags of meth were found, along with drug paraphernalia.
• In October 2012, three people were arrested, and five bags of meth were discovered.
• In the aforementioned December 2013 raid, five people were arrested, but no drugs were found, apparently because residents were able to flush their stashes down the toilet before cops entered. But drug paraphernalia and a stolen bicycle were located, as was an infestation of bed bugs -- only one reason the four month old living there was turned over to social services.
All of this activity frustrates those living near Nuanez, as well as the staff and congregation of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, directly across the street.
Continue for more about the latest raid on Silverio Nuanez's home, including additional photos, a video and the aforementioned lawsuit. The complaint says that in response to the activities at the Nuanez place, St. John's has had to hire a security guard to patrol the property -- and that individual "routinely encounters individuals trespassing on the grounds, using narcotics they purchased across the street, acting in highly unusal manners and cleaning up drug paraphernalia," including broken meth pipes and syringes.
Some members of the parish have apparently considered switching to another church because of issues like panhandlers described as aggressive and foulmouthed. Additionally, St. John's had to take out a restraining order on one person associated with the house. His alleged behavior included:
Drinking all the wine at communion, laughing out loud at inappropriate times, climbing over the pews during Mass, wearing a dark hoodie covering his head (which is considered disrespectful during Mass), and eating donuts and drinking coffee in and out during Mass. On one occasion, he stood up during a Mass making shooting gestures, at which time the Church's Liturgy Director called the police.
The assorted factors ultimately convinced the Boulder County District Attorney's Office to file a complaint against Nuanez asking that the home be declared a public nuisance -- an action that could lead to it being seized and closed. After that, authorities are asking for a "permanent order of abatement limiting occupancy of the property to Silverio Nuanez, one adult blood relative, and any related minor children under the age of 11, at any given time."
Clearly, the crowd at the Nuanez place yesterday didn't fit within these parameters, and the authorities have had enough. The Longmont Times Call notes that Nuanez didn't contest the Boulder DA's suit -- "and now prosecutors are asking for Boulder District judge to allow them to move forward with sanctions, including seizing and closing the property for up to a year."
Here's a 7News report about yesterday's actions, followed by the complaint. Note that his first name in the document is spelled "Silvario;" however, the DA's office informs us this is an error, and "Silverio" is the proper spelling.
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More from our Colorado Crimes archive circa August 2013: "Meth ring roundup: See photos of those busted in Operation Bad Nickname."