A local man has been arrested and charged consuming methamphetamine with his 14-year-old son, as well as giving the youth drugs to sell, police said.
John Walter White, 41, of 21 Summer Park Lane in Sandyville, was charged with felony counts of delivery of a controlled substance, drug conspiracy, and child abuse resulting in the risk of injury, according to a criminal complaint filed in Jackson County Magistrate Court.
According to police, the 14-year-old boy’s grandmother, who is his guardian, found suspected methamphetamine wrapped up in a quilt on the boy’s bed. She also found scales and a smoking device. She went to the police on Monday to file the report.
Deputy L.M. Casto went to Ravenswood Middle School to speak with Prevention Resource Officers and determine the boy’s location. The youth was taken to the Ravenswood Police Department, where he was interviewed in the presence of his grandmother.
According to a criminal complaint filed against White in Jackson County Magistrate Court, the boy said his father had given him the methamphetamine. The youth also told officers that he and his father had consumed crystal methamphetamine together.
The boy told officers that his father gave him the methamphetamine with instructions to sell it, according to police.
The complaint states the boy sold some of the methamphetamine to a 15-year-old relative. The youth told the officers he felt “peer-pressured” by his father to sell the drugs, according to court records.
Police went to the Summer Park Lane address and took White into custody. During an interview, white reportedly became emotional and told the officers he gave the methamphetamine to his son to sell and also instructed the boy to sell drugs to the 15-year-old relative for $100. He also told police that he had his son consume methamphetamine in his presence.
Jackson County Chief Deputy Ross Mellinger said investigators are attempting to determine whether juvenile court charges are warranted against the 14-year-old.