DELAND — A grandmother was arrested after taking her 2-year-old grandson on a trip to buy heroin in a drug-infested crime area near DeLand, according to a report from the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office.
Amy Moreland, 43, who was charged with possession of heroin, possession of paraphernalia and child neglect, was freed Tuesday on $15,500 bail from the Volusia County Branch Jail.
A deputy spotted Moreland stopping her car so that a man could walk up to the front, passenger window, “which is common for hand-to-hand narcotics sale,” at 1124 S. Delaware Ave., an area known for illegal drug deals, the report states.
The deputy stopped Moreland as she drove away on New Hampshire Avenue. As the deputy approached the car he saw Moreland’s 2-year-old grandson in the backseat while she made sneaky hand movements near the center console, the report states.
When deputies searched the found a clear straw with residue, opiates and heroin, the report states. Moreland admitted to buying a $20 bag of heroin from the man at the window, the report said.
According to deputies, Moreland said she understood she put her grandson in danger by taking him to an area that deputies described as “known for their open-air drug market, gun violence and numerous unsolved murders” to “obtain a high,” the report states.
The child’s 63-year-old great-grandmother now has custody and a copy of the case was forwarded to the Department of Children and Families, the report states.
Moreland could not be reached.
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