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LAWRENCE, Mass. (CBSNEWS/AP) – Authorities in Massachusetts are praising an 11-year-old boy who called police to report that his father had drugs in his luggage.

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Lawrence Police Chief James Fitzpatrick said the boy told officers Wednesday that he had seen his father selling drugs earlier in the day.

Fitzpatrick called the boy “brave.”

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Police say they found more than 200 grams of heroin and the powerful opioid fentanyl, with a street value of about $8,500, in the suitcase.

Prosecutors say the father, 41-year-old Yamil Mercado, was arraigned Friday on charges of trafficking heroin and reckless endangerment of a child.

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