Dad sends 5-year-old son to school with 22 vials of crack cocaine in his pocket, police say

A Pennsylvania father is under criminal investigation after his 5-year-old son reportedly brought more than 20 vials of crack cocaine to his preschool on Tuesday.

WCAU reported that police were called to the St. Cyprian Children’s Center in Philadelphia after a teacher’s aide noticed a student was acting strangely and had a bulge in his pocket. Believing the child was hiding a toy, the aide asked him to empty his pocket—reportedly resulting in the discovery of a plastic baggie containing 22 purple ziplock bags of crack cocaine.

Investigators told the news station the boy said his father instructed to keep the drugs in his pocket and not take them out. The drugs weren’t given to the other children, according to reports.

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“The aide reported the matter to an administrator, who immediately called 911. Police responded to the call and determined the substance in the bag to be crack cocaine,” the archdiocese said in a statement to KYW-TV. “Staff and administration from the Children’s Center have cooperated fully with police during the course of their investigative work throughout the day and will continue to do so.

Fox News reported that police the boy’s father, described as a 27-year-old man from Upper Darby, is under investigation.

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