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Man accused of selling crack cocaine with 9-year-old son in car

Man accidentally helps undercover officers nab drug dealer, police say

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HOLLYWOOD, Fla. – A South Florida man was arrested Thursday after he was caught selling crack cocaine with his 9-year-old son in the car, authorities said.

According to an arrest report, a man identified as Kevin Dougherty told undercover Hollywood police officers that he knew where to buy drugs, and they gave him some money.

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Police said Marcus Beachem, 51, met Dougherty minutes later in the 1800 block of Funston Street in a white Dodge Ram and sold him "two small rocks of crack cocaine."

After retrieving the drugs from Dougherty, police followed Beachem's pickup truck to the 1800 block of Pembroke Road, where Beachem was pulled over and arrested.

Another man and Beachem's 9-year-old son were also in the vehicle, police said.

Kevin Dougherty, 60, accidentally led undercover officers to a drug dealer, police say.
Kevin Dougherty, 60, accidentally led undercover officers to a drug dealer, police say.

Authorities said Dougherty, who did not know that the undercover officers worked in law enforcement, dropped two pieces of crack cocaine when officers approached him after the drug deal.

Dougherty and Beachem were both arrested on drug charges. Beachem also faces a child neglect charge.

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Police said $1,007 was found in Beachem's pocket and an additional $1,200 was found in his wallet.

Beachem's son was handed over to a family friend, and the other man in the truck was released at the scene.

The truck was also released at the scene to the woman who picked up the child.

Beachem and Dougherty were taken to the Broward County Main Jail.

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