Teen cited, suspended for selling weed at JHS

A Jonesboro Police Department patrol car. Photo by Stan Morris.

JONESBORO, Ark. – A 16-year-old was cited for selling weed Tuesday at Jonesboro High School.

At about 9:30 a.m., Officer Brian Sawyer was on duty as a school resource officer at JHS when Assistant Principal Dr. Jeff Flanigan and Assistant Principal Heath Roberts brought a student to his office that was in possession of what they believed to be a controlled substance.

“Administrators told me that they called the student, age 16, into the office because of information they received that (he) was in possession of and selling marijuana,” Sawyer reported. “They said that during the course of their investigation to determine if there were any school policy violations, they found a small white container that contained what they believed to be marijuana. They also told me that (he) admitted to them that he was selling drugs at school.”

He allegedly told school officials, “kids tell me what they want and I can get it for them.”

The suspected marijuana was in hard pressed ball form and weighed 2.5 grams on the scales in the office.

The student was issued a citation for possession of a schedule VI controlled substance with the purpose to deliver. After conferring with the juvenile office, the teen was released to his mother with her promise that they would contact the juvenile office within 48 hours.

The suspected marijuana was taken as evidence and placed in the evidence “mailbox” at the Jonesboro Police Department. The student was given a 10 day out-of-school suspension pending notification of the superintendent’s office.

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