Saturday, May 20, 2017


‘I think my dad sells drugs’: Boy, 11, calls 911 after finding $8,500 worth of 'heroin and fentanyl' in his father's suitcase

By Ann Schmidt

Daily Mail
May 19, 2017

An 11-year-old boy called 911 and told dispatchers, 'I think my dad sells drugs' after the boy found more than 200 grams of drugs worth $8,500 in his father's suitcase.

The boy's father, Yamil Mercado, 40, turned himself into police Thursday and was charged with drug trafficking and child endangerment.

Mercado's 11-year-old son and his 13-year-old cousin were in Mercado's bedroom in Lawrence, Massachusetts, looking through his things when they found what they thought were drugs in Mercado's suitcase.

That's when the boy called police and said: 'I think my dad sells drugs.'

Lawrence Police Chief James Fitzpatrick said the 11-year-old also saw his father selling drugs earlier in the day, according to WCVB.

The boy had also called the Department of Children and Families about a year ago to report his father for dealing drugs, according to the Boston Globe.

Police were allowed into the apartment by the boy's grandmother on Wednesday night. Mercado and his son had just moved into the boy's maternal grandmother's home, according to the Boston Globe.

In Mercado's bedroom they found 212 grams of suspected heroin and fentanyl in plastic bags, estimated to be valued at $8,500, according to the Boston Herald.

Neighbors have been living in fear with drug exchanges happening on their street, according to Boston 25 News.

On Friday, Mercado was arraigned in Lawrence District Court. He plead not guilty and is being held without bail.

Mercado is the father of three boys, the oldest of which is 16, according to the Boston Herald.

His son is being kept in a secure location, investigators say according to Boston 25 News, and the Department of Children and Families is investigating.

Fitzpatrick said: 'I commend this young man for being brave enough to come forward and report that these dangerous substances were in his home.'

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I'll bet the grandparents had a lot to do with the kid's upbringing.