Hobbs police discover toddler in hotel room with heroin addicts

Posted at: 11/14/2013 6:39 PM
By: Lauren Hansard, KOB Eyewitness News 4



It’s a police investigation that sounds like something out of a movie.

An envelope without an address, just a man’s name and a street.

But piece by piece police put the clues together that lead them to a shocking discovery inside a hotel room.  KOB Eyewitness News 4 went to Hobbs where it all happened.   

 At first glance, it looks like Silly Putty, but when Hobbs police got a closer look at what was inside the package, they found heroin.

That’s when investigators turned their attention to David Boles, the name on the package.  Police learned Boles was staying at a Hobbs hotel.  Officers set up a sting operation.

They busted Boles who they said admitted he was expecting a package of heroin from California.

Boles told police he and two others were on day two without heroin, and that they were all in the hotel room sick.  When police went in the room, they were in for another surprise.

Inside the hotel room surrounded by used heroin needles was a 5-year-old boy.

“It was something that you could only describe from a scene in a Hollywood movie," said Hobbs Police Detective Robert Blanchard.

Blanchard said the heroin users were so strung out, they couldn’t even stand.

“When we pulled them out of the room one guy was so sick he couldn't even support himself under his own weight.  He just laid on the balcony floor and covered himself in a blanket as he trembled," said Blanchard.

Lea County Drug Task Force agents helped with the bust.  They said the boy was on a bed near a naked man covered in sweat.

“It’s the worst nightmare that you can imagine," said Blanchard.  The boy is now in state custody.

“He’s going to be well off now, he has a chance," said Blanchard.

David Boles, Charles Miller, and a woman in the room, Gina Helms, all face child abuse and drug charges.

Boles admitted to police he receives an ounce of heroin a week in the mail from California.

The group is from North Carolina.  Police said they were passing through New Mexico.