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Man Charged In Connection With 14 Bags Of Marijuana Found In 3-Year-Old’s Backpack

An Employee Of The New LIFE School Reported The Smell Of Pot To Authorities

Marijuana (file/credit: Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)


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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – New York City police said a 3-year-old girl was found in school Friday with more than a dozen bags of marijuana in her backpack.

Police said an employee of the New LIFE School in Harlem smelled marijuana on the girl at about 1 p.m. Friday.

They said the employee called police, who discovered 14 bags of the drug in the girl’s backpack.

As part of the investigation authorities questioned the girl and her parents.

On Friday night police arrested Kelly Mena, 24, in connection with the incident. Mena was charged with criminal possession of marijuana and criminal sale of marijuana.

Authorities said that Mena is apparently a friend of the girl’s father and that he allegedly placed the marijuana inside the girl’s pink Minnie Mouse backpack.

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