Most kids wouldn’t know what to do if they spotted drugs in their father’s suitcase. It’s devastating news for anyone to process, let alone someone at that tender of an age, and casting aside a flood of emotions to figure out the right thing to do would be next to impossible.
But one brave little 11-year-old called 911 to alert police once he realized that the little sandwich bags stuffed in his dad’s belongings were actually small packages of illegal substances.
Police reported that the plastic bags were filled with a mix of heroine and fentanyl, a synthetic opioid.
Lawrence Police Chief James Fitzpatrick told WCVB, “I commend this young man for being brave enough to come forward and report that these dangerous substances were in his home.”
When officers arrived on the scene, they focused on cheering up the young man after searching the house for drugs. Officers spent time reassuring the pre-teen about his decision to report the drugs and his father. Fitzpatrick offered the young man assurances that they’d always be there to help him in the future.
Hours after police arrived at Yamil Mercado’s home to console his son and confiscate illegal drugs, he turned himself in.
Police detectives found 212 grams of a blend of heroin and fentanyl worth $8500 dollars inside five small sandwich bags located in the 40-year-old’s luggage.
Mercado’s son is now in the care of his grandmother.
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