GENEVA, N.Y. – Cocaine found in a 4-year-old’s winter cap at school led police to execute a search warrant on the boy’s home, which uncovered a massive stash of drugs, guns and cash and led to his father’s arrest.
A nurse at West Street School in Geneva was helping a pre-k student put on his winter hat Monday when a 12-gram bag of cocaine tumbled out. School officials contacted the Geneva Police Department, who determined the bag was cocaine before securing a search warrant for the boy’s home around 7:30 p.m. the same evening, the Daily Messenger reports.
That’s where officers discovered 4 pounds of marijuana, more than a dozen rifles, five handguns, a stun gun and over $10,000 in cash, according to media reports.
Geneva Police Department Lt. Erick Heieck told the Daily Messenger police did not recover any more cocaine, and that the guns were locked in a safe. He also said the young student did not consume any cocaine.
The boy’s father, Willie L. Smallwood, 25, was home during the search and arrested afterwards. Smallwood’s pistol permit was also revoked in light of the evidence. He now faces charges of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and several other felonies, the New York Daily News reports.
Smallwood posted a $15,000 bail and was released from jail, according to the Northlands News Center.
“(Smallwood) is known to our department and detectives with our Drug Enforcement Unit,” Heieck told the Daily Messenger, though he acknowledged Smallwood has no criminal history in New York.
Ontario County Child Protective Services removed the student and his 2-year-old sister from the Smallwood home and placed them with relatives. The boy’s mother has not been charged with a crime “at this time,” Heieck said.
“Both school officials and city police are keeping the child’s welfare foremost and we are confident that he is safe at this time,” district superintendent Trina Newton aid in a letter sent home with parents Tuesday.
“It goes without saying that this situation is both concerning and deeply saddening.”
It was the second incident of drugs discovered with students at the district’s schools in recent weeks. District officials put North Street School on lockdown Feb. 26 after a fourth-grade student was found with marijuana, the Daily Messenger reports.
Geneva police searched the school with drug dogs for additional contraband but found nothing and lifted the lockdown a short time later. School officials believe the student found the marijuana on the way to school.
Newton told the news site Geneva schools strives to educate students about drug and alcohol abuse through the Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports program as well as D.A.R.E.
“The district also has a grant-funded drug and alcohol prevention educator provided by the Council of Alcoholism and Addictions of the Finger Lakes,” the Daily Messenger reports.