Kid, 7, Narcs on Mom for Cooking Meth in Car

Why, yes, Florida was involved

By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 21, 2014 2:15 PM CDT

(Newser) – Today, in Criminal Masterminds Who Could Use a Lesson in Discretion: We present one Briana Buchanan, a 27-year-old single mom who maybe should have thought about getting a babysitter while she was allegedly cooking meth out of the trunk of her car. Seems her 7-year-old son was bothered by "mommy's bad stuff in her car," as per the arrest warrant, and told the man they were living with—the brother of Buchanan's boyfriend, identified only as Peter. The child "opened up the trunk, and she has a meth lab in her trunk," Peter told a 911 dispatcher, as per News13.

Scattered about the lab were some of the boy's toys, along with syringes filled with meth, reports WESH. The boy was able to describe how mom used basically the "shake and bake" process: "He said when they would get all this stuff together, they would put it all in a soda bottle, and they would shake the soda bottle and take the top off to, I guess, vent it out," says Peter. Buchanan has been charged with a laundry list of offenses, including child neglect, possession of methamphetamine, manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of listed chemical, and possession/use of narcotic paraphernalia. The child, meanwhile, is staying with grandma. (It's not the craziest place cops have ever found a meth lab.)

Briana Buchanan
Briana Buchanan   (Edgewater Police Department)
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