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Police: Boy wears father's pants to school with cocaine in pocket

Posted: 11:49 AM, Mar 21, 2017
Updated: 2017-03-22 13:32:54-04

ANDERSON, Ind. -- A warrant has been issued for the arrest of a Madison County man after cocaine was discovered in the pocket of his pants, which his son wore to school, police say.

On March 9, police were called to Erskine Elementary School when a teacher said one of her students approached her, saying another student had powder in a bag. The teacher asked the student, and he showed her two bags of white powder in them.

She asked the child where the bags came from. The student said he wore his father's jeans to school and the bags were in a pocket.

The student also said his father sells the white powder and keeps in a box in his closet. He told his teacher he has seen his father take it out and weigh it.

The white powder tested positive for cocaine. 

School records identified the child's father as Jose Diaz Chagoya, 49. Police searched Chagoya's apartment and found digital scales, bags with residue and a shirt with a bag containing a white powder, which tested positive for cocaine.

The Anderson Police Department says Chagoya will face preliminary charges of possession of cocaine and maintaining a common nuisance. 

Anderson Community Schools released the following statement: 

On March 10th, 2017 Erskine Elementary School had a student report that he had worn his dad’s pants accidentally to school that morning and he had some bags of white powder in the pockets. The teacher immediately notified the principal and the Erskine administration immediately contacted Anderson Community Schools Security and the Anderson Police Department. Upon further investigation by APD, it was determined that the substance was cocaine. APD immediately took over the case and involved the Department of Child Services. The investigation is ongoing as APD attempts to contact the father. Anderson Community Schools is thankful for the immediate action by the teacher and administration to ensure the safety of the student involved as well as the safety of the other students/staff of Erskine Elementary School. 

In an earlier version of this story, RTV6 incorrectly stated that Chagoya had been arrested. We regret the error.