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4th grader wins science fair with drug sniffing dogs and ounce of cocaine.

Posted by on Feb. 1, 2013 at 8:12 AM
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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 fair 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 dog would find the cocaine fastest using it's [sic] sense of smell," the fourth-grader wrote in the abstract for her project, titled "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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mikiemom
by Ruby Member on Feb. 1, 2013 at 8:13 AM

I think this is a fantastic experiment.

TruthSeeker.
by Milami on Feb. 1, 2013 at 8:25 AM

 Awesome!!

jehosoba84
by Jenn on Feb. 1, 2013 at 8:27 AM
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 I disagree. What did she learn? I see no science displayed here. Who's the fastest? So basically, the dogs had a race.  How is that an experiment? And it seems to me the dad is the one who won, not her.

tscritch
by Silver Member on Feb. 1, 2013 at 8:43 AM

 I think it's impressive that she thought outside the box...didn't do the whole volcano thing!

mikiemom
by Ruby Member on Feb. 1, 2013 at 9:48 AM

 

Scientific method escapes some. As long as she followed the scientific process it was an experiment.

Quoting jehosoba84:

 I disagree. What did she learn? I see no science displayed here. Who's the fastest? So basically, the dogs had a race.  How is that an experiment? And it seems to me the dad is the one who won, not her.


 

lanceandhailey
by Bronze Member on Feb. 1, 2013 at 9:53 AM

 I also fail to see the science, but I guess it was there...What did she even do? I understand that the dad was the only one involved with the dogs and the drugs...(not that I would want her touching cocaine)

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HanaJoii
by New Member on Feb. 1, 2013 at 9:58 AM

I think that its a great use of her resources but I don't see what she learned from her experiment. 

candlegal
by Judy on Feb. 1, 2013 at 10:09 AM

Seriously?  Yet paper guns are banned.



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and that cocaine is not a specifically banned substance.

deadlights86
by Bronze Member on Feb. 1, 2013 at 10:15 AM

Well its interesting but I don't see how she learned anything or anyone else learned anything. 

candlegal
by Judy on Feb. 1, 2013 at 10:19 AM
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I just learned cocaine is allowed

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Well its interesting but I don't see how she learned anything or anyone else learned anything. 

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