EDGEWATER, Fla. (PIX11) — Cops say a 7-year-old boy exposed his mother’s meth scheme.
Briana Buchanan, 27, was arrested Friday after evidence was found indicating she was producing and using meth in the presence of her son, Volusia County officials confirmed to PIX11 News.
Buchanan’s son confided in Peter Arnold, 30, the brother of his mother’s boyfriend, who lives in the same Edgewater home, police said.
Arnold said the boy told him “there’s really bad stuff in my mom’s car I want to show you.”
The child was supposedly able to describe how his mom produced the drugs, indicating he had been present while the crimes took place.
“He said … they would put it all in a soda bottle,” Arnold told News 13. “They would shake the soda bottle and take the top off to, I guess, vent it out.”
Drug paraphernalia police found included chemicals used to make meth, 22 syringes, hot plates, coffee bottles, muriatic acid and batteries.
Buchanan was arrested and charged with child neglect, possession of paraphernalia, possession of methamphetamine and manufacturing or delivery of methamphetamine, the Volusia County correction’s office told PIX11.
She is being held at Volusia County Jail on $32,000 bail, an official with the office said.
Buchanan’s son has been taken to his grandmother’s house, who planned to enroll him in school this week.