An 11-year-old boy helped Massachusetts police bust of his father on drug trafficking charges.
The boy dropped a dime on his father Wednesday, according to reports. Lawrence police took the boy says his father had a stash of drugs in a suitcase, and that he had seen him selling drugs earlier in the day.
Yamil Mercado, 40, faced a judge Friday on charges of trafficking in heroin and reckless endangering. He was ordered held without bail.
Lawrence police chief James Fitzpatrick called the boy “brave.”
The police said they seized 200 grams of heroin mixed with the powerful opiod, fentanyl, from Mercado.
The boy is in the care of family members. Child welfare workers are investigating.
Investigators say the boy was with a 13-year-old cousin when he discovered the drugs, the North Andover Eagle-Tribune reported.
The police said the boy, with the name of a state agency a year ago to report that his father was dealing drugs, but no action was taken, according to the paper.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.