FL Police: Boy Sold Cocaine, Pot At School 6 Other Sanford Middle School Students Arrested After Investigation
Police: Boy Sold Cocaine, Pot At School
6 Other Sanford Middle School Students Arrested After Investigation
SANFORD, Fla. --A 13-year-old boy was arrested Wednesday on allegations of selling cocaine and marijuana to students at a Seminole County middle school.
Sanford Middle School student was arrested at about 10:30 a.m. on felony charges of possession and distribution of cocaine and marijuana, possession of narcotic equipment and disturbing the peace.
Six classmates who purchased drugs from the boy were also arrested. All seven students were taken to the Seminole County Juvenile Assessment Center and were later released. They face misdemeanor charges.
A Sanford Middle School student contacted an officer about a student selling drugs on campus. The dean was notified of the accusation, the accused student was pulled from class.
The accused student was instructed to remove any items from his pockets, and he pulled out three metal purple peppermint cans, which contained 10 grams of a white powder that tested positive for cocaine, 3 grams of marijuana and an unknown white powder, the police report said.
The student also had $50 in his pockets, which he said he received in exchange for marijuana. A white ink tube used for snorting the white powder was also in the student's possession, police said.
Officers were surprised by how long the drug sales went on.
"I don't know how he was getting away with it. Must have been pretty slick, because it had been going on for a while," Sgt. Dave Morgenstern of Sanford police said.
The dean asked the student to write a statement about the incident.
"I was selling marijuana and crushed pills to students all over the campus [sic] the crush pills were cocaine and several kids including (redacted) were buying it," the student wrote. "All the money found today on me was made off students today."
"Well, we have, what, seven examples, and you do find out it can happen in your own back yard," said Regina Klaers, spokeswoman of Seminole County Schools.
The mother of the teen charged with selling the drugs could also face charges. Police said they believe it was her prescription pills found in one of the tins.
The school plans to ramp up the number of resource officers at the school.
Police said they plan to investigate all the schools in the city, but said parents should talk to their kids about drugs.
"We know it's out there, and we rather her be aware," parent Terri Barton said. "I fault the parents. They need to get a hold of their kids."