Three-year-old found with 14 bags of marijuana in Minnie Mouse backpack at New York nursery school

Drug had been packed into sandwich and freezer bags

Kashmira Gander
Sunday 29 September 2013 12:49 BST
The drug had been packed into sandwich and freezer bags
The drug had been packed into sandwich and freezer bags (Rex Features)

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Little girls are supposed to be made of sugar and spice and all things nice, not stinking of marijuana.

But the stench of weed is what led workers at a day care centre in Harlem, New York, to call the police on a three-year-old-girl who was carrying fourteen drug-stuffed bags in her pink Minnie Mouse backpack.

The police were called to the Early Life school at around 1pm on Friday. They questioned the toddler and returned her to her parents after it became clear she wasn’t a pint-sized pot dealer.

The news has stunned the parents of other Early Life students.

“My nephew goes here, my daughter goes to school around the corner - that's just crazy,” parent Fatima Mohammed told ABC News.

Another parent said teachers hesitated when asked about the incident after it happened.

“This place has been around for a long time, it's shocking,” Shenice Robinson said.

According to NY Daily News, the stash allegedly belonged to the girl’s 24-year-old cousin, Kelly Mena, who was charged with criminal possession of marijuana, and criminal sale of marijuana.

The man, who has been arrested more than a dozen times before, was freed on a $150 bail on Saturday. Court records show he admitted to packing 5.3 ounces, or 150 grams, of sandwich and freezer bags filled with drugs into the little girl’s rucksack, and putting it into her father’s car.

Police sources say that the three-year-old’s father is 27-year-old Francelot Graham Jr, the older brother of Ramarley Graham, an unarmed teenager tragically shot by an NYPD policeman in his own home in February 2, 2012.

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