DEA Hopes to Educate Parents On Places Kids May Hide Drugs

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is educating parents on the simple places kids could be hiding drugs.

“One of the things that we’ve learned, much like drug trafficking, misuse and abuse is only limited by your imagination,” says Brian McNeal, public information officer for the Detroit Field Division.

On Tuesday, McNeal came to northern Michigan to show parents of the possible objects in a kid’s room that may not be what they seem.

“It’s not like we’re dealing with James Bond level things,” says McNeal. “Certainly, there are things like hidden safes in walls, but really it’s every day, common items, hidden in plain sight as we like to call them, that these things are hidden.”

That’s why McNeal put Cadillac mother Niki Schultz to the test to see if she could find the fake drugs scattered around her 13-year-old daughter’s room.

“I don’t really know what to expect,” says Schulz. “I’m a little excited, a little scared, considering I have a 13-, 15- and 16-year-old at home.”

McNeal says everyday objects like makeup containers, markers, shoes and even fake pop cans can store drugs.

“I wasn’t even going to lift this up, because I was like, oh that’s just a pop can, but then I was like oh. That was smart though, that one was sneaky,” says Schultz.

By the end, Schultz was able to find eight of the 15 hidden locations.

But McNeal says, kids can hide drugs even in plain sight.

“I see that you found a lot,” says McNeal. “There’s a lot of Harry Styles going on here. Behind posters and pictures are prime real estate for hiding.”

Schultz says the experiment made her realize the importance of talking to her children.

“It’s those small things that we need to be talking about before they become big things,” says Schultz.