Three suspects have been charged with possession of drug paraphernalia after a smoking pipe was discovered in a 4-year-old's Burger King Happy Meal in Dundee, Mich., according to local police.
The boy's grandfather notified the police after he went to pick up food for his family at the Burger King in Dundee, Mich., Richard Uhl, chief of the Dundee Police Department, told ABC News. The family was on vacation at Splash Universe, a water park in Dundee. He had bought a happy meal for the 4-year-old, only to find a smoking pipe filled with marijuana nestled within its contents. The grandfather promptly returned the happy meal.
"It's a sad situation when a 4-year-old is subjected to something like that," said Uhl. "It's dangerous." He said the 4-year-old was lucky his family was vigilant, or he could have inhaled the marijuana.
Police tracked the pipe to a 23-year-old employee, who admitted bringing placing it in one of the kids meal boxes to hide it. The employee also admitted to owning hashish, and had called two friends to bring the hashish to work.
The Burger King Franchise in Dundee where the incident took place declined to comment.
Police are not releasing the names of the suspects or the family until the suspects have been arraigned, said Uhl.
Joseph Costello, chief assistant prosecutor for the Monroe County Prosecutor's Office, told ABC News that police are seeking charges of possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, and his office is reviewing the charges.
Castellano said that in Michigan, possession of marijuana is considered a one year misdemeanor and can result in a $2,000 fine.