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My 15 year old son has received a small amount of a ...

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My 15 year old son has received a small amount of a white powdery substance (presumably cocaine) through the mail with an return address on the envelope. Obviously, my son was expecting this but does not know I intercepted it. Do I take him to our local police department and turn it in? What will the repercussions be for him?
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Parenting
Expert:  Ms Chase replied 8 years ago.

Hello Petey,

Who is it from?

Do you think he knows this person sent it? does he know the person?

How sure are you that it's cocaine?

What made you open the mail?

Has your son done drugs or been involved with them in any way?

Chase

Customer: replied 8 years ago.
Reply to Ms Chase's Post: It is from a Bill Martellie who does not live in our school district. I've never heard my son mention him before. I'm not sure he knows this person. It's in a SMALL ziplock bag and was wrapped and taped up in a few magazine pages. Clearly not the job of an expert, especially with the return address listed. He has admitted to trying pot when I found a waterbottle bong in a bag outside the house.
Expert:  Ms Chase replied 8 years ago.

Hello Petey

There's no way to really know if it's cocaine if you are not familiar with it, it could be baby powder. If you look at it and it actually looks like powder, then it probably isn't cocaine. Cocaine looks more flaky, scaly and iridescent. There are so many aspects to this, there's not really any one answer. There's no way to know if your son knows this person or if they may be trying to set him up or hurt him. I would start out by asking your son who it is. If he says he doesn't know who it is, then perhaps he won't mind if you take the pkg to the police department. If he really doesn't know this person, I would take it to the police department, because the person could be trying to set him up.

If your son admits knowing this person, you'll need to find out if it's an adult or another teen. If it's another teen, I would want to get the other parents involved and get some type of intervention for both of them, perhaps make them do some type of community service, or get them into a program. If it's an adult, I would more than likely contact the police.

I welcome your thoughts, let me know if you want to talk more

Chase

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