SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – A father is accused of running a big drug operation with kids in the home, right next door to a school.
The children’s father and his girlfriend are at Sacramento County Jail facing felony drug charges.
At times during the interview Hillary Johnston, 33, put her hand against the jailhouse glass to hide her face, insisting this is all a mistake.
“I took care of those girls,” said Johnston.
Sacramento sheriff’s deputies say Johnston and her boyfriend, Brian Freitag, 44, were selling an array of drugs out of their Rancho Cordova home in the 2400 block of Berrywood Drive where Freitag’s 13-year-old and 5-year-old daughters were living.
Now Freitag and Johnson are facing felony child endangerment charges.
“We’re talking about things easily accessible within simple reach, on floors, in common areas of the home, in unlocked containers, basically open and readily available,” said Sgt. Jason Ramos a Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department spokesperson.
Deputies say they followed Freitag as he dropped off his 5-year-old daughter at school. They arrested him, and found drugs in the car.
“It’s way unacceptable,” said one neighbor.
Neighbors are in shock, but say they did notice a lot of activity at the home, which is only yards away from Mitchell Middle School.
“The girls were very well taken care of. The situation, it’s not at all what it is shown to be. I by far was not a dealer or anything,” said Johnston.
But that’s pretty much all Johnston would say. She admitted she has a meth habit, and then refused to answer any more questions.