Far Rockaway mom charged after school finds drugs in son’s bag

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A Far Rockaway mother is facing prison time after sending her son to school with heroin, the Queens district attorney’s office said.

According to court documents, a teacher’s aide at PS 209 found glassine envelopes containing heroin pills and straws last Friday inside a school bag belonging to Leah Pagano’s 6-year-old son.

Pagano admitted the drugs were hers and that she accidentally misplaced the heroin.

“I am the only one who prepares my son’s school bag and lunch,” she said in court, according to the documents. “I use heroin. I do not shoot it but snort it. I could not find my box with heroin inside. I was not sure if it was in his school bag and went to sleep. I cannot believe I did this.”

Pagano was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, acting in a manner injurious to a child younger than 17 years old, and endangering the welfare of a child, the DA said.

She is due back in court on April 25.

Reach Gina Martinez by e-mail at or by phone at (718) 260–4566.

Updated 12:32 am, July 10, 2018
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Concerned Parent from Far Rockaway says:
Can you please state which school the drugs were found in? How were they found?
March 14, 2017, 9:26 pm
I believe from Queens says:
I seem to recall that the kids showed it around at school.
March 16, 2017, 10:10 am

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