If you looked inside a laundry room cabinet at the YMCA Learning Center in Missoula, Mont., you would find it was outfitted with a battery-powered light, curtains, shelves, and air filter, and even eye hooks that could lock the door from the inside. A daycare worker had been using the cabinet as a "drug den" where she kept a stash of snort tubes, lighters, a glass pipe and meth, according to police.
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30-year-old Autumn Sienna Heinz was arrested on charges of endangering the welfare of a child, drug possession, and criminal mischief. Police say Heinz was using the cabinet to hide out and get high while working with infants at the YMCA for the past three years. In an interview with investigators, Heinz admitted to outfitting the cabinet as a hideout but when police asked about the drugs she requested an attorney.
Lee Yelin of Water Rights Inc. is a drug cleanup expert who tested the facility and he found methamphetamine residue inside the cabinet and in an employee bathroom where the smoke was exhaled into a vent fan and spread throughout the facility. The entire daycare was contaminated and every room tested positive for meth. The entire cleanup costs amounted to $80,000.
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As a result of the long cleanup, the YMCA Learning Center in Missoula remained closed the rest of the work. The Learning Center is also working with other agencies to determine if it even can reopen. A letter to parents sent by interim director Heather Foster indicated samples were sent to a lab in Salt Lake City for more testing. Heinz also admitted to a history of drug use from heroin to opioid pills. She was jailed at Missoula County Jail and her bond has been set at $30,000
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