Family says they sold meth to feed kids

8 children under age 14 found living in Utah home

POSTED: 10:33 AM Aug 22 2013
Utah meth house

A family busted during a meth raid in Utah told police they had to sell the drug to feed eight children.

Officers in Provo found eight children under age 14 living in the home, along with meth, drug paraphernalia, scales and drug packaging supplies, Salt Lake City TV station KSL reported.

"He was looking at it as a form of income to support the family," Lt. Phil Murphy of the Utah County Major Crimes Task Force said of the grandfather, Darwin Goode.

Goode's wife and a daughter were also arrested, as well as another daughter who lives in the home, a next-door neighbor and two other men.

All seven face charges of meth possession and child endangerment.

"There are other options out there," Murphy told KSL. "This one is obviously not going to be productive for a family; an environment with children in the home has too many risks, too many dangers. It is sad someone feels like they have to earn a living by selling methamphetamine and putting children or grandchildren at risk."

The children are now in protective custody.