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iStock(NEW YORK) -- A toddler was found sleeping on a porch of a home in New York this week amid an intense search for his missing parents.
Three-year-old Noelvin was found early Monday morning on a porch in Buffalo, New York, nearly 1,200 miles away from his home near Orlando, Florida, according to police.
"The child is in good spirits," Buffalo Police Department Captain Jeff Rinaldo told reporters on Tuesday. "He is currently in the custody of Child Protective Services and we are working with CPS and the grandmothers, to begin the process of reuniting them."
The woman who found the toddler said he told her that his family's car was on fire, investigators said. Police found a charred vehicle in a wooded area nearby later that night with evidence of human remains inside, but they said it's too early to say if the cases are related.
Rinaldo said the vehicle was completely burned out and it will take "quite some time" to trace its origin or identify the human remains inside.
After making contact with the child's grandparents, police said he may have been on a road trip with his parents -- Nicole Merced Plaud, 24, and Miguel Valentin-Colon, 31 -- and 29-year-old Dhamyl Roman-Audiffred, a family friend.
The young boy's family said they didn't know his parents had planned to go out of town, but it wasn't unusual from them to take road trips.
"We're heartbroken, we're worried, we're scared," Noelvin’s grandfather, Jorge Oquendo, told ABC affiliate WFTV-TV on Wednesday. "We're all devastated. ... We're all devastated for a lot of reasons. We have no answers, we don't know what happened, we don't know if it happened."
Officers with the Buffalo Police Department's homicide division released images of parents and Roman-Audiffred on Tuesday, saying they were "attempting to make contact with these three individuals or speak to anyone who has seen them in the past few days."
"We believe that these people may have arrived in Buffalo sometime late Sunday night and were here and possibly are still in the Buffalo area," Rinaldo told reporters Tuesday. "We will not know the identities of the people found in the vehicle for quite some time. It is requiring the services of forensic anthropologist to put together exactly what happened."
Police said they're reviewing video evidence in an effort to create a possible timeline of events. They said anyone who may have saw the vehicle on fire or should contact police immediately.
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iStock(PHOENIX) -- Authorities in Arizona busted an alleged drug house producing cannabis-infused snacks, modeled after Cheetos, Sour Patch Kids and Wheat Thins, as well as vaping cartridges and other marijuana products.
Among the items seized by the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office at the alleged drug lab was 300 pounds of marijuana, as well as semi-automatic weapons, four handguns, 1,100 THC vape cartridges and $3,000 in cash. All told, the seized property was worth about $380,000, according to the sheriff's office.
The most expensive item seized: eight jars of narcotic distillate worth about $300,000.
Tucker Reese and Kolby Stevens, both 23, were arrested following the Sept. 12 bust in Phoenix. They have both been charged with sale of narcotic drugs, possession of narcotic drugs, possession of manufacturing equipment for narcotic drugs, possession of marijuana for sale and possession of a weapon in a drug offense -- all felonies.
The sheriff's office singled out the vape cartridges, especially in the wake of the current epidemic of illnesses in the country.
"These cartridges have been located throughout the country and have been associated with recent vaping deaths, were being manufactured in the residence," the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office said in a statement Wednesday announcing the arrests. "Base (sic) on the equipment and the products located inside the residence, detectives believe this location was an apparent Closed Loop BHO Manufacturing Lab."
The Food and Drug Administration has specifically warned consumers against using THC-infused vaping products.
"In many cases of illness reported by the states, patients have acknowledged recent use of THC-containing vaping products while speaking to healthcare personnel, or in follow-up interviews by health department staff," according to an FDA release from Sept. 6.
In addition to the THC vaping cartridges, the pair was apparently extracting cannabis and adding it to snack food to sell. Among the products were "Weedos," "Sour Dab Kids" and "Weed Thins."
Police said they were tipped off to the drug house, and then conducted surveillance on the residence for days before getting a warrant.
"We are focused on protecting the young adults in our community,” Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone said. "We will not tolerate criminal activity targeting adolescence for profit and at the expense of health."
The sheriff's office also seized a boat and an ATV from the residence.
A vote to legalize recreational use of marijuana failed in Arizona in 2016, though users would only have been able to possess an ounce legally. The 300 pounds found by authorities in the Phoenix home is 4,800 ounces.
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