Child Accompanies Dad to Drug Deal: Investigators

A man who brought his child to a drug deal was arrested in Pelham early Friday, authorities said.   The suspect, 27-year old Ryan Leacock of Milton, Fla., is accused of attempting to sell approximately 57.8 grams of methamphetamine, with a street value of about $4,000.   The buyers were undercover investigators with the Shelby County Drug Enforcement Task Force, who arranged to meet with the suspect, at the intersection of Highways 31 and 119 around midnight.   

Leacock’s 7-year old daughter was taken into care by DHR and transported to Children’s Hospital for a wellness check.  Leacock was charged with child endangerment, trafficking methamphetamine, and possession of drug paraphernalia.   He is being held on a $1,516,000 bond.  Lt. Clay Hammac, the task force's commander, said:  “My heart breaks for the young child and I am incredibly grateful for the quick and passionate response of the Shelby County Department of Human Resources.  Exposing a child to a life of drug trafficking and drug deals is despicable.”


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