A daycare worker in Montana was arrested after her secret “drug den” was revealed.
30-year-old Autumn Sienna Heinz is accused of building a “drug den” inside of a laundry cabinet at the YMCA where she was employed. Heinz reportedly used the cabinet to smoke meth while she was on the job.
The methamphetamine Heinz was smoking allegedly permeated throughout every room in the entire building, according to authorities. Heinz was arrested on April 10 and is currently being held on $30,000 bail stemming from charges of criminal endangerment, criminal possession of dangerous drugs and criminal mischief.
Heinz mostly worked with infant babies at the YMCA Learning Center in Missoula, Montana. Other employees became suspicious of her behavior after they noticed her taking multiple 45-minute breaks at a time. Things came to a head when another employee saw Heinz hiding inside of the “drug den” while carrying what appeared to be a drug kit.
YMCA officials contacted police last week and responding officers found the hidden “drug den” located inside of the double cabinet. A tiny piece of cloth was hung inside in what appeared to be an attempt to stop meth fumes from escaping. Officers also found a case with a glass pipe and a substance that tested positive for meth.
Heinz admitted to police that she built the cabinet three weeks ago, but refused to speak on where the drugs came from. She also revealed that she participated in a methadone clinic program in 2013, but stopped after she felt she no longer needed treatment.
Lee Yelin of Water Rights Inc. in Missoula testified that Heinz also smoked meth inside of the employee bathroom and the fumes filled every room in the building. This caused all rooms at the YMCA to test positive for meth contamination, including the infant room.
YMCA officials sent out a statement to parents via email.
“The charging document has additional information given to authorities by the company the YMCA hired to test the facility,” YMCA said.
“Some of this information is new to us and it notecthat ‘every room in the building has tested positive.’ … The Y would like to once again encourage families to at the minimum contact their primary care providers/pediatricians and/or First Step to discuss testing and/or evaluations of their children.”
The YMCA announced last Wednesday that they would be closed for the rest of the week following Heinz’s arrest.
Take a look at Heinz mugshot below along with some others from recent arrests.