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Don't Deal Drugs with Baby
September 19, 2014 permalink
Alberta police have separated a mother from her newborn boy after catching her in a drug deal. The article does not say whether she was buying or selling.
Lethbridge woman arrested with newborn for allegedly selling cocaine
Police south of Calgary say they’ve arrested a woman dealing cocaine from her vehicle in the company of her newborn boy.
Staff Sgt. Rod Klassen of the Alberta Law Enforcement Team (ALERT) say cops were alarmed to see the 24-year-old Lethbridge woman trafficking crack and powdered cocaine in Claresholm on Tuesday and aborted their investigation to secure the infant’s safety.
The boy is less than a month old, he added.
“It was an investigation into drug trafficking, we observed the child being taken along and obviously, we couldn’t stand by and see that happen,” he said.
“It’s obviously disturbing ... the drug world can be extremely dangerous, anything can happen.”
Following the arrest in the town 110 km south of Calgary, provincial child welfare officials were consulted and the child was placed in the care of a member of the woman’s family, said Klassen.
When police swooped down, the woman was accompanied by a 17-year-old female suspect who they believe was also involved in drug trafficking.
ALERT says it seized 85 grams of individually-wrapped drugs worth $9,000, along with drug paraphernalia that included scales.
The woman, who’s not being named in order to protect the identity of her child, is charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking and possession of a controlled substance.
“We’re also pursuing a charge under the Drug Endangered Child Act,” said Klassen.
The woman was released Wednesday on bail conditions and is to appear in Lethbridge court Oct. 3.
Klassen said police had little choice but to prematurely end their investigation.
“We had to weigh that and we felt the child’s safety was more important than anything we could get from the future of the investigation,” he said.
The 17-year-old is charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking, possession of a controlled substance and possession of proceeds of crime.
Source: Calgary Sun