Sitter watched 2 kids -- and drugs Tried to flush stash during raid

February 11, 1993|By Boston Globe

BOSTON -- Authorities say a 9-year-old girl left to baby-sit two siblings, a large drug stash and nearly $6,000 in cash tried to flush the contraband down a toilet when Lawrence police raided her apartment.

The child allegedly was ordered by her mother and her mother's boyfriend to defy officers and destroy the drugs Tuesday. Her 2-year-old sister kicked and screamed as police tried to stop the older girl.

"I have never seen anything like that in 30 years of doing drug raids," said Detective William Pedrick, one of the officers on the bust at what they called a "safe house" where drugs and money were kept.

Police yesterday were searching for the girl's mother and the mother's boyfriend, who left the children home while they went grocery shopping. The girl, her 2-year-old sister and 1-year-old brother were placed in the custody of the state Department of Social Services.

Acting on an informant's tip, police said they began investigating the apartment about two weeks ago.

Yesterday afternoon, police went to the home and were met by the 9-year-old. She asked whether they would search a bedroom. Told yes, police said, she ran to the room, came out with her hands full of bills and drugs, and headed for the toilet.

Police intercepted her. But her 2-year-old sister intervened, screaming and kicking at the officers' feet. The 1-year-old was asleep.

Detective Pedrick said the girl refused to relinquish her "death grip" on the drugs. She reported that her mother's boyfriend ordered her to flush the contraband if police showed up.

"She was more afraid to lose that stash than [she was] of us," Detective Pedrick said.

Describing the drug operation run from the apartment as "pretty big," police said they recovered $5,800, 37 bags of crack and cocaine, 26 bags of heroin and an unloaded .22-caliber pistol, as well as equipment and chemicals to process cocaine.

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