Toddler caught in middle of drug bust

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A toddler was caught in the middle of a drug bust, and the other three people involved are not likely to get out anytime soon because their bail is set at a combined $3.5 million.

Hundreds of people catch the bus at the downtown MATA terminal everyday, and police said three people arrested were waiting there to sell you drugs.

Officers pulled Derrick White, Laquita Rasberry, and Kalawrence Castle over because their tinted windows were too dark.

A 2-year-old was sitting in the back of the car with no car seat and no seat belt.

White was the driver and gave officers permission to search the vehicle.

“I didn’t know that was going on around here. I just moved here. I thought it was a quiet complex,” Rev. Lonnie Bell said.

White’s neighbors were shocked at what happened next.

Police said they found three bricks of cocaine, a gun, and a bag of marijuana in the baby’s diaper bag.

“Goodness greatness, he was really desperate,” Bell said. “I’m glad it wasn’t a shootout. It could have been a shootout.”

Police took the trio to the OCU to test the drugs and get even more information.

Police said White confessed to owning the gun. However, none of the three arrested stepped up to the drug charges.

Detectives were led to White’s apartment off Winchester Road after he blurted out he had marijuana there. Police uncovered more drugs and cash.

“Parents are not parenting these days,” Bell said.

While Bell told WREG he was sickened a man living in his complex is accused of dealing drugs, he was most worried about the little boy involved.

“The parents shouldn’t want their child in that environment. They shouldn’t want their child exposed to drugs and guns,” Bell said.

The 2-year-old was taken into custody by the Department of Child Services.

WREG called to check on the toddler’s well-being, but a spokesperson has not returned our calls.


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