Police arrest 21 Balto. Co. students since Jan. in drug-user crackdown

April 17, 1997|By Kris Antonelli | Kris Antonelli,SUN STAFF

Twenty-one students from five Baltimore County high schools have been arrested since January on a variety of charges -- mainly possession or distribution of marijuana on school property -- in authorities' annual crackdown on teen-age drug users.

The arrests of the students, who ranged in age from 14 to 19, were the result of a seven-month undercover investigation requested by the county school board.

"We have been doing this every year since the late 1970s," said school system spokesman Donald I. Mohler. "We pick the schools based on complaints from principals."

Mohler said principals from Dundalk, Towson, Perry Hall, Parkville and Pikesville high schools noticed suspicious activities and requested undercover police cadets who posed as students. The cadets, who are too young to become sworn officers, bought small quantities of marijuana from students, said police spokesman Bill Toohey.

The arrested students included a 16-year-old boy from Parkville High High charged with possession of a handgun on school property; a 17-year-old boy from Perry Hall High charged with distribution and possession of LSD; and a 17-year-old boy from Towson High charged with possession of a deadly weapon.

All but two of the students arrested were under 18 and charged as juveniles. Nineteen are male.

Pub Date: 4/17/97

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