Police seize heroin, cocaine and meth from house near Cornelius

Street value of $67,000 for illicit substances found

Police arrested a rural Washington County couple following a search of their home and the seizure of a large cache of drugs, guns and U.S. currency.

The search, a joint law enforcement effort led by the Washington County Sheriff Office's Westside Interagency Narcotics team, also led to the discovery of children and horses that police say were neglected.

Detectives arrested Eliazar Encia-Valencia, 48, and charged him with possession of cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine. He was booked in Washington County Jail with a bail of $500,000.

Detectives also arrested Maria Villade-Valencia, 49, and charged her with two counts of first degree child neglect.

The two children living at the home, located at 2225 SW Lafollett Road, south of Cornelius, were taken into protective custody.

Police said the search team was assisted by the members of the National Guard due to the heavily cluttered nature of the 10-acre parcel that the couple lived on.

During the search, police seized one kilo of cocaine, 66 grams of methamphetamine, 100 grams of heroin, and 1.5 pounds of marijuana. The drugs have a combined street value of over $67,000, according to police. Detectives also seized $22,000 in cash, six handguns (one which was stolen), three rifles, and a shotgun.

Detectives also found evidence of the neglect of horses and goats on the property. That's being investigated by Washington County animal services.