Woman arrested after child shows up at school with more than a half pound of cocaine

NEW BERN, NC – A 27-year-old woman was arrested in North Carolina after an elementary school-aged boy went to school on March 30th while in possession of 260 grams of cocaine, according to authorities.

While authorities have not disclosed the relationship between the suspect and the elementary school-aged boy, the woman is facing serious charges ranging from misdemeanor child abuse up to felony cocaine trafficking.

Sharae Monique Becton was reportedly arrested on April 5th in connection with an incident that transpired on March 30th at Trent Park Elementary School in New Bern.

In a press release from the Craven County Sheriff’s Office, it was noted that a child arrived at Trent Park Elementary with roughly $30,000 worth of cocaine inside of his bookbag.

The narcotics were reportedly discovered by a Craven County Sheriff’s Office school resource officer assigned to the school. Sheriff’s Office officials have not detailed as to what led the school resource officer to examine the child’s book bag.

Furthermore, officials have not delineated the relationship between Becton and this child, nor have officials expanded upon exactly how the child allegedly obtained these narcotics from the suspect.

Nonetheless, the suspect has been charged with misdemeanor child abuse, felony cocaine trafficking, and felony possession of with intent to sell cocaine.

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In other news related to schools and drugs, a professor of psychology and neuroscience at Columbia University made a bizarre and casual admission in February about regularly using heroin to promote a work-life balance. 

Here’s that previous report. 

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NEW YORK, NY– A Columbia University professor has admitted to regularly using heroin to reportedly improve his “work-life balance.” 

Carl Hart is a professor of psychology and neuroscience and he chairs the psych department. In his book, Drug Use for Grown-Ups: Chasing Liberty in the Land of Fear, Hart opens up about his own recreational drug use. 

At 54, the married father of three has snorted small amounts of heroin for as many as 10 days in a row and enjoyed it mightily, even if he’s experienced mild withdrawal symptoms “12 to 16 hours after he last dose.”

The New York Post reported that as Hart sees it, the discomfort is a worthwhile trade-off. Pointing out that the experience leaves him “refreshed” and “prepared to face another day,” Hart writes in his book:

“There aren’t many things in life that I enjoy more than a few lines by the fireplace at the end of the day.”

Hart, who studies the effects of psychoactive drugs on humans, finds his sue of the narcotics to be:

“As rational as my alcohol use. Like vacation, sex, and the arts, heroin is one of those tools that I use to maintain my work-life balance.”

Reportedly, his reason for coming clean about doing opiates and the like is to advocate for decriminalizing possession of recreational drugs. According to the publisher of the book:

“The book makes the case that the demonization of drug use, not drugs themselves, has been a tremendous scourge on America, not least in reinforcing this country’s enduring structural racism.”

According to the Insider, Hart’s book is a research scientists’s love letter to drugs of all stripes and an argument for more even-handed drug policies across the United States. He told the Insider:

“This notion that people are not going to use drugs, that’s silly and adolescent. That’s what this book is about: being grown up.”

Hart also said that he hopes to see President Biden work toward federal regulation and licensing of the use of substances that are often described as neighborhood scourges. By his logic, if people are going to indulge, they should at least do it “safely.”

It’s not just heroin that keeps Hart centered. He said that he is also a fan of the effects brought on by MDMA (better known as Molly or ecstasy) and methamphetamine, a drug that according to the CDC, has caused the most overdose deaths in nearly half the country.

In describing MDMA, Hart recalled “intense feelings of pleasure, gratitude, and energy.” He said:

“When I’m rolling, I just want to breathe deeply and enjoy it. The simple act of breathing can be extremely pleasurable.”

Hart even found pleasure in snorting a version of so-called bath salts, a synthetic cathinone that’s been linked to disturbing behavior from barking to breaking into homes. Hart’s assessment of the drug? “Unequivocally wonderful.” 

In his book, he recalls the effects as being “euphoric, energetic, clearheaded, and highly social…niiiiiice.” The drug had such nice effects that he writes about wanting to take the drug ahead of some “awful required social event, such as an academic reception.”

According to the Post, a representative for Columbia has not yet returned their request for comment on Hart’s illegal drug use. And while recreational-drug enthusiasts may salute Hart, the medical and addiction community may find the professor’s utopian approach less than ideal.

According to the CDC, in 2018, nearly 15,000 people died from drug overdoses involving heroin in the United States. Some experts still maintain that even legalizing cannabis, the mildest of recreational drugs, poses dangers, including increased visits to emergency rooms.

Christian Hopfer, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Colorado School of Medicine says that marijuana can have serious health effects. He said:

“Smoke a couple times a day and marijuana will knock you off your memory. That is pretty certain. And there is no question that legalization has a normalizing effect on something that used to be against the law.”

While acknowledging in his book that “drug use is not for everybody,” Hart cites America’s founding documents and their promise of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness as “reasons” for having the choice to snort lines, smoke weed, and “expand one’s mind.” He said:

“You can live you life as you choose. And it’s nobody’s business, as long as you do not interfere with anybody else doing the same.”

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