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Police: Dad Makes 5-Year-Old Son Sleep In Trunk On 2 Pounds Of Weed

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DOTHAN, Ala. (CBS Atlanta/AP) — A 31-year-old Midland City man faces a drug charge after authorities say he used his 5-year-old son to hide marijuana in the trunk of a car.

The Henry County Sheriff’s department says Anthony Darrell Smith was arrested after a deputy pulled him over Saturday night in Abbeville for a minor traffic violation. He was charged with first-degree possession of marijuana. Two other people were also charged.

Authorities say Smith told them he did not want to open the trunk because it would wake up his 5-year-old son, who was asleep inside.

When deputies opened the trunk, they say they found the boy asleep on top of a plastic garbage bag containing more than 2 pounds of marijuana.

“It’s a sad day when a parent, or any adult for that matter, puts a child in danger to conceal illegal drugs,” Sheriff Will Maddox told WSFA-TV. “The vehicle could have been rear-ended, he could have suffocated from carbon monoxide, there’s just so much that could have happened to that child.”

The marijuana was worth $5,500, according to the station.

The sheriff’s department and the local Department of Human Resources are investigating.

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