3 students arrested on marijuana charges

March 15, 2000|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF

Three Westminster High School students were arrested yesterday on marijuana charges after troopers searched the juveniles' vehicles parked near the school, state police said.

State police received an anonymous call at 7: 30 a.m. about possible drug activity on Marydell Drive, a block north of the high school, said Sgt. Andrew Winner.

School officials were contacted, and troopers responded with assistance from the Carroll County Drug Task Force, a sheriff's police dog unit and a prosecutor from the state's attorney's office.

Fifteen students' vehicles were parked on Marydell Drive, and the police dog alerted authorities to the presence of drugs in all of them, Winner said.

The students were taken from classes, and their vehicles were searched. Two boys, 17 and 16, and a girl, 16, were arrested.

Winner said 39 grams of suspected marijuana were found in one vehicle, leading to a student being charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana, possession with intent to distribute marijuana within 1,000 feet of a school, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The other two were charged with possession of marijuana and of drug paraphernalia, Winner said. All three were released to their parents, pending action by juvenile justice officials, he said.

The cars were legally parked on a public street, but school policy does not allow students to park off-campus, he said.

"We believe some of the cars may have been parked off school property to avoid random [police dog] drug scans done on the school parking lots," he said.

Winner said no drugs were found in the other 12 cars.

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