An Athens couple was arrested by state police Thursday for allegedly possessing crack cocaine and drug paraphernalia.

According to a Maine State Police release, troopers went to a residence in Athens to assist probation officers and check on 26-year-old Tyler Watson. When police arrived, Watson’s wife, Tara Watson, 28, and two of the couple’s four children were also home. Police found 12 small plastic bags of what they suspected was crack cocaine, weighing 7 grams and valued at $1,500.

Police also seized nearly 60 hypodermic needles, crack pipes and other drug paraphernalia, such as scales and nearly $250 in suspected drug proceeds.

The Department of Health and Human Services took custody of the children.

The couple was charged with unlawful trafficking in scheduled drugs, endangering the welfare of a child, possession of hypodermic apparatuses and sale and use of drug paraphernalia.

The two were taken to the Somerset County Jail, and bail was set at $50,000.

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