A 49-year-old woman accused of selling cocaine and other drugs from her unlicensed daycare center in Long Beach pleaded not guilty this week, authorities said.
Debbie Felix was arraigned Monday on three felony counts of possessing narcotics for sale, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office said.
Long Beach police detectives began investigating the case when they received a tip that drugs were being sold from a home in the Belmont Heights neighborhood in the 3500 block of East 2nd Street.
Investigators said they determined that the drugs were being sold from a residential daycare center and that some of the sales were taking place in the presence of children.
During a search of the home on Jan. 3, investigators discovered a stash of cocaine, marijuana, psilocybin mushrooms and ecstasy inside the home, police said. Felix, however, remained at large.
Felix "evaded officers" over the next few weeks and it appeared she was in the process of relocating from her residence, Long Beach police said in a statement.
Felix was eventually captured and arrested on Jan. 31. She remains in jail in lieu of $110,000 bail.