‘Grandma is out here buying dope with you’: Grandmother caught buying heroin with two-year-old boy in the car, Florida police say
- Amy Moreland, 43, was allegedly buying heroin while with her grandson
- Two-year-old was seen sitting on the ground while she was searched in Volusia
- She was allegedly in possession of the deadly opiate fentanyl at the time
- Footage shows the concerned officer lecturing her on the safety of the child
A grandmother was caught buying heroin with a two-year-old boy in her car, police in Florida said.
A Volusia County deputy told Amy Moreland’s grandchild, ‘Grandma is out here buying dope with you. It’s not good.’
The 43-year-old was allegedly in possession of opiates including the deadly fentanyl drug and had purchased $20-worth of heroin outside a Family Dollar store on Wednesday.
Another officer searches Amy Moreland while the the two-year-old can be seen sitting on the ground at her feet
The suspect was apprehended in Volusia while buying $20-worth of heroin, the police reported
The concerned officer can be seen lifting the child up, telling him: ‘Grandma is out here buying dope with you. It’s not good’
The officer told her fentanyl was ‘probably, about four to five times as lethal to a child that is two-years-old. So that bag just opens up and it blows through the air and he breathes it. A) he’s gonna be high, but B) it’s going to kill him. And that never crosses your mind?’
Bodycam footage shows the the concerned officer lifting the child from the ground, ‘Come here buddy,’ he says, while his colleague searches the suspect.
He told Moreland, ‘Listen to me, and I’m not… I don’t even care if it goes to court or anything else, do you have anything else on you? Because it’s dangerous for him to even be around you.’
The boy is seen sitting on the floor before the deputy lifts up the child and takes him to the patrol car with the suspect
The deputy holds up an evidence bag and explains to the suspect how dangerous fentanyl is, particularly for the child
The police contacted the mother of the child to pick him up, Fox News reported.
Moreland was arrested on charges of possession of heroin, of drugs paraphernalia and child neglect.
Records show she was last charged in 2012 with driving under the influence.
What is fentanyl and why is it so dangerous?
Fentanyl was originally developed in Belgium in the 1950s to aid cancer patients with their pain management.
Given its extreme potency it has become popular amongst recreational drug users.
Overdose deaths linked to synthetic opioids like fentanyl jumped from nearly 10,000 in 2015 to nearly 20,000 in 2016 – surpassing common opioid painkillers and heroin for the first time.
And drug overdoses killed more than 72,000 people in the US in 2017 – a record driven by fentanyl.
It is often added to heroin because it creates the same high as the drug, with the effects biologically identical. But it can be up to 50 times more potent than heroin, according to officials in the US.
In America, fentanyl is classified as a schedule II drug – indicating it has a strong potential to be abused and can create psychological and physical dependence.