A 10-year-old boy was arrested yesterday and charged with drug possession in Northwest Baltimore after he allegedly was caught holding several vials of cocaine for someone older, police said.
The arrest occurred yesterday about 4:30 p.m. in the 3200 block of Woodland Avenue, near Park Heights Avenue, when police spotted a 20-year-old allegedly selling drugs.
As police moved in, they saw the 20-year-old passing several vials to the 10-year-old. A subsequent search of the 10-year-old yielded seven vials of powdered cocaine, police said.
Sgt. James G. Capuccino of the Northwestern District vice unit said at least five boys under 15 had been arrested this year on similar charges. He said drug organizations are using younger boys as "portable stashes" to elude police.
"They don't want to have their hands on [the drugs], facing arrests and a no-bail situation if they've been arrested before," Sergeant Capuccino said.
Daryl McCain, of the 3400 block of St. Ambrose Street, was charged with intent to distribute cocaine, possession of cocaine and use of a minor to distribute cocaine. He was awaiting a bail hearing at the Northwestern District lockup last night.
The 10-year-old was charged with one count of possession and released to the custody of his mother.