Lawrence dad whose young son reported drugs to police is held without bail Mayo 19, 2017 0

By Jill Harmacinski –
LAWRENCE — A Lawrence father charged with having bags of packaged heroin and fentanyl that his young son discovered was held without bail at his arraignment in Lawrence District Court Friday morning.

According to investigators, the 11-year-old son of Yamil Mercado called police Wednesday night after he and a cousin were rummaging through his father’s luggage and found the bags of what police later said were heroin and fentanyl.

A police report also said the boy called the state’s Department of Children and Families a year ago to report his father’s drug dealing, but no action was taken.

Mercado has prior convictions for “serious drug charges,” according to a police report.

The boy and his dad were living at the Ferry Street address for about a week after moving from Abbott Street, according to a police report.

Mercado, 40, is charged with major drug trafficking and child endangerment.

He is due back in court next week for a hearing to determine if he is a danger to himself or others.

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