Five-Year-Old Brings 30 Packets Of Heroin To School

By McCarton Ackerman 09/19/16

Detectives are still investigating how the boy obtained the heroin packets. 

Five-Year-Old Brings 30 Packets Of Heroin To School

In an incident that takes show-and-tell to a whole new level, a kindergartener shocked his teacher last week by walking into class with 30 packets of heroin in his lunchbox.

The five-year-old boy, a student at the International Academy of Trenton in New Jersey, was observed playing with one of the packets by his teacher. She initially thought it was a candy wrapper, but realized it was heroin after taking a second look. She then looked in his lunchbox and found the remaining heroin packets.

The Trentonian reported that the boy was taken for an evaluation at Capital Health Medical Center in Hopewell, where he tested negative for opiates. Trenton police said no charges have been filed while detectives still investigate how the boy obtained the drugs. It was also not revealed whether the child was reunited with his parents.

This isn’t the first time small children have brought big supplies of heroin into school. In October 2014, a four-year-old girl brought 249 packets of the drug to a daycare center in Delaware. Assistant director of the Hickory Tree Child Care Center, Tamicka Goodman, told CNN that several children had briefly been playing with the packets after the girl handed them out, but nobody was injured.

In that case, police arrested the girl’s mother. CNN reported that 30-year-old Ashley Tull was charged with three counts of endangering the welfare of a child and one count of maintaining a drug property. All three of her children were placed in the care of a relative and she was ordered by the court to not contact them. She eventually pleaded guilty to child endangerment and was sentenced to a year of probation, as well as being ordered to complete a substance abuse evaluation.

In other instances, the daycare center has been the problem when it comes to drugs. In March 2015, Jennifer and Adam Darger of South Dakota were arrested after police discovered meth at the daycare center they owned. They were each charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and violation of a drug-free zone.

And in February 2015, Michael Gomez of New York City was arrested for running a drug den below a daycare center. NYPD officers conducted a raid after he sold them drugs outside of the facility, turning up four ounces of marijuana, seven ounces of ecstasy and over $2,000 in cash.

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McCarton Ackerman is a freelance writer and editor living in Portland, Oregon. He has been a contributor for The Fix since October 2011, writing on a wide range of topics ranging from medical marijuana in Colorado to the world's sexiest drug smugglers. Follow him on Linkedin and Twitter.