Kindergarten boy brings heroin to show and tell

Tue Apr 10, 2012 7:04pm EDT

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(Reuters) - A five-year-old boy brought packets of heroin to a show and tell at his Connecticut kindergarten, leading to the arrest of his stepfather, police said on Tuesday.

The child was proudly displaying packets of a powdery substance to his kindergarten classmates in Bridgeport, Connecticut, on Monday when his teacher noticed what he was holding, Detective Keith Bryant of the Bridgeport Police Department said.

"He was waving it around," Bryant said, adding that the teacher collected the packets and immediately notified her supervisors.

Authorities were called and a field test determined the substance was heroin, he said. Later, the child's stepfather, Santos Roman, 35, showed up at the school and was arrested.

"He went to retrieve it (the heroin), and it wasn't there so he came back for his stepson," Bryant said.

Roman was arraigned on Tuesday on three drug-possession charges, including intent to sell within 1,500 feet of a school and risk of injury to a minor, police said. Roman was held on $100,000 bail.

(Reporting by Gianna Palmer; Editing by Barbara Goldberg, Cynthia Johnston and David Brunnstrom)

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Comments (3)
RJ893CC wrote:
“including intent to sell within 1,500 feet of a school”???

This is where law enforcement loses touch with reality. There is plenty to charge this guy with that we don’t need to dream up charges that say he intended to sell in a school playground. He certainly endangered the welfare of his stepson, he had enough to deem he had “intent to distribute”, but the fact that it was brought, without his knowledge, onto school grounds does not constitute intent to sell within 1500 feet of a school.

Apr 11, 2012 9:50am EDT  --  Report as abuse
MetalHead8 wrote:
Thats Bridgeport CT for ya.

Apr 11, 2012 10:58am EDT  --  Report as abuse
AltonBob wrote:
RJ893CC, get in touch with reality. The drug was on school property, and the dealer was on school property. The police were already charging him with possession, so there is no extra penalty the dealer faces until he answers to the charges in court. The story contains zero detail as to how far the dealer’s domicile was from the school, or whether the child told the police something about the dealer’s intentions for marketing, so the report that the child was the one who carried the drug onto school grounds may, or may not, be the actual root of the charge. Let the judge decide.

Apr 12, 2012 11:21pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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