NEWTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Prosecutors say a New Jersey man has admitted hiding 500 bags of heroin inside his 5-year-old son’s toy bag because he thought police wouldn’t search it.
Thirty-one-year-old Christopher Ennis of Branchville faces up to six years in state prison after recently pleading guilty to using a juvenile in a drug distribution scheme. Ennis is due to be sentenced on December 16.
Ennis was arrested after a traffic stop in April while driving with his son.
Sparta police stopped the man for having an expired inspection sticker, and he then allowed them to search the vehicle.
Officers soon found the heroin — valued at $10,000 — and some hypodermic needles mixed in with children’s toys and clothes.
Sussex County prosecutors say Ennis eventually admitted using his son as a decoy to trick police.
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