An English father was sentenced to four years in prison after he mistakenly sent his son to school with a “drug dealing kit” instead of his usual lunch.
Lee Webb, 23, reportedly confused a bag containing his 3-year-old son’s lunch with a bag full of drugs and paraphernalia. The items were discovered when staff at the toddler’s nursery school opened his lunch box to give him his food. When they opened the box, it was full of cocaine, mephedrone (an illegal stimulant), a set of scales, two knives and other illicit items.
Shortly after a staff member called the police, Webb arrived at the school and demanded the bag be returned to him. The employee refused.
Officers then searched Webb’s house and arrested him. When he was arrested, he had written contact information on his arm for a local lawyer, according to Mirror Online. He told officers he had been given the bag of drugs to hold overnight.
“You maintain you were holding the drugs on behalf of another and that you were expecting to be paid cash for holding the drugs,” Judge James O’Mahony said to Webb in court.
“You must have been well trusted by those further up the (drugs) chain, although you indicated you felt intimidated by the individual you assisted," O'Mahony continued. "Yet you have rejected an opportunity to give evidence in relation to this man and, in reality, profits from selling drugs mean that those involved are invariably intimidating.”
Webb reportedly admitted in court he sent the drugs with his son by mistake, and O'Mahony acknowledged he was “genuinely remorseful.” Webb was sentenced to four years in prison for possession of the drugs.
“You sent your 3-year-old son to nursery with a rucksack containing a significant quantity of Class A and B drugs,” O'Mahony said. “In effect, you sent your son there with a drug dealer's kit. Your stupidity put children at risk and I consider the potential exposure to children of these drugs is so serious only an immediate custodial sentence can be justified.”