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A Dad Sent His Son to Daycare With Drugs Instead of Lunch

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A British dad who mistakenly sent his three-year-old son to daycare with a tupperware container of drugs and knives worth $18,000 instead of a packed lunch has received a four-year prison sentence.

Lee Webb, 23, of Folkestone in Kent, meant to drop the toddler off at daycare with food, but instead handed him over with a bag containing a lunchbox full of mephedrone and cocaine along with weighing scales, assorted drugs paraphernalia and two knives.

Upon realizing his blunder, Webb returned to retrieve the bag and container, but staff refused to return it and instead telephoned the police. When officers arrived, they noticed he had scrawled the telephone number of a lawyer on his hand.

Webb pleaded guilty on Jan. 6 to two counts of possession of controlled substances with intent to supply.

Speaking after sentencing, Detective Constable Kay Brown said, “Stupidity does not even come close to describing the actions of this man. The consequences of his irresponsible, not to mention illegal actions, could have been severe. As a father his role is to protect and nurture, however he put his own child at serious risk of harm.”

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