Fourth grader wins science fair with drug-sniffing dogs, ounce of cocaine

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In an early bid for Father of the Year, a Miami police detective allowed his 10-year-old daughter to use three drug-sniffing dogs and an ounce of cocaine for a science project, according to the Miami Herald.

Douglas Bartelt, a detective with the Miami-Dade Police Narcotics Bureau, provided his daughter, Emma, with three detector canines and 28 grams of cocaine (street value: approximately $ 1,300) for her entry into Coral Gables Preparatory Academy's annual science fair.

Not surprisingly, she won. The first-place honor gave Emma an automatic entry into the Miami -Dade Elementary Schools Science Fair, where her drug-sniffing project earned an honorable mention.

“The purpose for this scientific investigation was to find which would find the cocaine fastest using it's [sic] sense of smell,” the grader wrote in the abstract for her project, entitled “Drug Sniffing Dogs.”

Bartelt, according to the Miami Herald, fellow detective William Pedraja and Sgt. Samantha Machado provided the dogs (a springer spaniel named Roger; Levi, a golden retriever; and Franky, a retired chocolate labrador), and the cocaine. (Franky showed he's still got the touch, locating the illegal substance in 43 seconds.)

Emma's mother, Michelle Bartelt, said the experiment was her daughter's idea, and that Emma was under constant supervision and “did not touch the cocaine.”

“[Doug] handled the drugs,” she said. “He's always very meticulous about how he handles drugs.”

John Schuster, a spokesman for the school district, issued a statement saying the project, while unusual, did not violate any of the science fair's rules—and that cocaine is not a specifically banned substance.

“The student's science project involved a very unusual set of circumstances, including having a parent who is a well-respected police detective with experience in training dogs that sniff for illegal substances,” Schuster's statement read. “From our understanding, the parent was the only person involved in working directly with the dogs and the hidden substances, which took place at a police training facility.”

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