10-year-old girl uses cocaine in science project and wins first place

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By: Feng Qian 

A 10-year-old girl in Miami, Florida, used cocaine along with bomb sniffing dogs for a science project, and she won first place.

Emma Bartelt, who is in fourth grade, came up with a science project that included nearly an ounce of cocaine and three bomb sniffing dogs.

"The purpose of this research was to see which dog is the fastest in finding the cocaine, using their sense of smell," Emma wrote about her scientific experiment.

This story may come as a shock to many, as we live in a world where schoolchildren get suspended for making gun hand gestures and for carrying guns made out paper. Yet one school in Florida, allowed a student to do a science project with a controlled substance, which is illegal.

The cocaine used had a street value of almost $1,300 in Miami, and carries a three-year mandatory prison sentence in criminal court.

According to reports, the cocaine was provided to her by her father who works as a narcotics officer.

According to Michelle Bartelt, the girl’s mother, her daughter never touched the cocaine. The project was done at the police narcotics facilities and was supervised by her father and his co-workers.



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