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Police: Boy Forced to Sell Drugs

September 26, 2002

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ The parents of an 11-year-old boy were arrested after the boy walked into a police station and told an officer that his father had forced him to sell drugs, police said Wednesday.

``The boy was being beat up if he failed to sell drugs,″ police Capt. David Testa said. ``And he didn’t want to live that kind of life and he contacted the police.″

Testa said he did not know how long the boy had been forced to sell. Testa said the boy’s mother was also arrested because she was around the drugs, knew of the sales and ``took no step to prevent it from happening.″

Police said Edward Sheed Sr., 37, and Rhonda Overton, 34, were both arrested Tuesday night.

Testa said an undercover officer bought drugs from the boy’s father after the boy talked to police. After the purchase, police were able to get search warrants and searched two buildings that Testa said Sheed was using to store drugs. Police found guns, marijuana, a packet of crack and more than $3,400 in searches Tuesday night, Testa said.

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