A Lawrence woman who operated a day care facility in the city was charged Thursday in Douglas County District Court with eight drug crimes, including drug distribution and using a communication device to assist in drug distribution.
Tiffany C. Hubbard’s day care — the Children's Playpen at 766 Lake St. — was searched in October, and police said they discovered drugs and drug paraphernalia at the day care, operated out of Hubbard’s home.
According to police reports, the home was searched on suspicion that the distribution of crack cocaine and marijuana was occurring on the property.
The day after the police search, state officials from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment issued an emergency order to close the day care.
Hubbard originally appealed the shutdown order, but failed to appear at a January hearing, meaning the order will continue.
Hubbard — making her first court appearance Thursday — has no arrest or conviction record in Kansas, according to a KBI records search.
The most serious charge against Hubbard, possession with intent to distribute between 3.5 and 100 grams of opiates, is a level-3 drug felony, punishable by up to 51 months in prison, depending on the person's criminal history.
Hubbard’s next court date is Monday, and she is free on a $10,000 bond.