A man has been jailed after he sent his toddler to nursery with a bag containing Class A and B drugs instead of a packed lunch.

Rather than leaving his three-year-old son with a lunchbox full of sandwiches and fruit at his nursery in Folkestone, Kent, Lee Webb, 23, gave the little boy a bag containing cocaine, mephedrone, weighing scales and two knives.

Realising his mistake later that day, Webb returned to the nursery to ask for the bag back, but staff phoned the police. Police investigators that the bag contained an estimated £12,000 worth of drugs.

When officers who searched Webb’s home they uncovered hundreds of pounds in cash, which Webb claimed were his personal savings.

A spokesman for Canterbury Crown Court confirmed that Webb was sentenced to four years in jail earlier this month. Webb pleaded guilty to one count of possessing cocaine with intent to supply and one count of possessing mephedrone with intent to supply.

Detective Constable Kay Brown, of Kent Police, said following the sentencing: “Stupidity does not even come close to describing the actions of this man.

“The consequences of his irresponsible, not to mention illegal, actions could have been severe. As a father, his role is to protect and nurture. However, he put his own child at serious risk of harm.

“The staff at the nursery must be praised for their actions.

“Clearly a serious offence had been committed and they would not be intimidated when Webb demanded the drugs and other items back and they rightly called the police.

“This is a significant custodial sentence which reflects the severity of the crime.”

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