Two 10-year-old American children trafficked in weapons and drugs

The American media was abuzz with the story of the arrest of two boys, no more than ten years old, who exchanged drugs, a gun, and ammunition for money, especially after it turned out that one of them was the son of a police officer.

Hendry County officials confirmed that two 10-year-old students were arrested in connection with the sale of a handgun at their elementary school in Florida.

NBC quoted the county sheriff's office as saying that the son of a police officer "agreed to exchange a gun (later found to belong to his deceased father) for $300" last February.

Country Oaks Elementary School was placed on lockdown Wednesday morning, after the Sheriff's Office received a call about a "suspicious incident" on campus, where authorities found ammunition in the backpack of the boy who had purchased the gun.

The gun was later found in his backyard under a shed, hidden with a 74-gram bag of marijuana, according to investigators. The boy was charged with purchase of a firearm by a minor, unlawful possession of a firearm by a minor, possession of a firearm on school property and possession of more than 20 grams of marijuana.

The officer's son was also charged with selling a firearm to a minor, unlawful possession of a firearm by a minor, possession of a firearm on school property, and grand theft of a firearm. The mother of the boy who sold the gun is also a Hendry County deputy, where she has been placed on administrative leave pending an administrative investigation, the sheriff's office said.

Both students have been detained by the Department of Juvenile Justice since their arrest.