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Kindergarten boy brings heroin to show and tell

By Reuters | 2012-04-11 11:59:40.0

5-year-old's stepfather is arrested

A 5-year-old boy brought packets of heroin to a show and tell at his kindergarten, leading to the arrest of his stepfather.

The child was proudly displaying packets of a powdery substance to his kindergarten classmates in Bridgeport, Connecticut, on Monday when his teacher noticed what he was holding, Detective Keith Bryant of the Bridgeport Police Department said.

"He was waving it around," Bryant said, adding that the teacher collected the packets and immediately notified her supervisors.

Authorities were called and a field test determined the substance was heroin, he said.

Later, the child's stepfather, Santos Roman, 35, showed up at the school and was arrested.

"He went to retrieve it (the heroin), and it wasn't there so he came back for his stepson," Bryant said.

Roman was arraigned on Tuesday on three drug-possession charges, including intent to sell within 1,500 feet of a school and risk of injury to a minor, police said. Roman was held on $100,000 bail.

What is heroin?

Heroin is a drug made from morphine, which is extracted from the opium poppy. Street heroin can be sold as 'brown' or 'smack'. It is often 'cut' with other drugs or poisonous substances, so people often don't know what they are buying - making it extremely dangerous and it can carry a high risk for an overdose.


Heroin is highly addictive and people can quickly get hooked.

Injecting heroin and sharing injecting equipment can  be very risky, as it runs the risk of the injector catching or spreading a virus, such as HIV or hepatitis C.

There is also the risk that veins may be damaged and that an abscess or blood clot may develop. - Source:,