Police in Lawrence, Massachusetts, responded to an unusual call made by an 11-year-old boy on Wednesday.
As Boston25News reports, he had called 911 to make a confession:
“I think my dad sells drugs.”
The boy made the discovery when he was looking around his father's bedroom with his 13-year-old cousin.
Police who responded to the call found close to $10,000 worth of drugs hidden in a suitcase belonging to Yamil Mercado.
According to WCVB, the 40-year-old dad had five sandwich bags filled with just over 200 grams of a blend of heroin and fentanyl. The suitcase also contained a scale.
Mercado's neighbor, Robert O'Koniewski, admitted that he had seen drug deals take place on their street:
“The buyer sits on our street and the seller comes flying off the streets, they do their exchange and they take off.”
He said it made him fearful.
Lawrence Police Chief James Fitzpatrick praised the 11-year-old boy for turning his father in:
“I commend this young man for being brave enough to come forward and report that these dangerous substances were in his home.”
And O'Koniewski shared in Fitzpatrick's sentiment. He hopes it will teach other children about the dangers of drugs:
“I can say what I say to my kids, if they touch the stuff they will be looking for their teeth somewhere on the streets. It's not something that I tolerate.”
Mercado turned himself into police after an arrest warrant was issued. He faces charges of child endangerment and drug trafficking.
The brave child who made the call is now living with his grandmother.