ROOTSTOWN, Ohio — Authorities in northeast Ohio say a man charged with drug trafficking is suspected of using his 6-year-old son to help him sell cocaine.
Maj. Dale Kelly of the Portage County sheriff’s office says investigators believe the boy was used to take drugs to a buyer and bring payment back to the seller.
Court records show 29-year-old William K. Smith of Chagrin Falls was arrested last week in Streetsboro and charged with felony drug trafficking and corrupting another with drugs.
Investigators say an 8-year-old child and a 15-month-old child also were present during the alleged drug transaction earlier this month.
The sheriff’s office says the arrest followed a monthlong investigation.
The phone number listed for Smith’s attorney was disconnected.